Harnett County Inmate Found Dead

LILLINGTON – The NC State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the death of an inmate. Around 8:20am today (Monday),  William Earl Surles, age 64, of Dunn, was found dead in his cell at the Harnett County Detention Center.

Sheriff Wayne County has requested the NC SBI investigate the case. Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a parallel investigation to ensure all policies and procedures were followed. No other information has been released.


  1. Too much racism taken place in these small racist cities such as Harnett County and many other throughout the North Carolina. Harnett County is known for its racism against African Americans. How in God name an 64 years of age male is found and pronounced dead in his cell. The jailers and their supervisor should be held accountable for their incompetence.

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