Missing Man Found Dead In Wrecked Car

With assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Cellular Analysis Unit, authorities have located the body of a 22 year-old man who was reported missing last month.  Xzavier Rendell Pearsall was last seen around 9:30pm on January 17th operating a 2012 Cadillac on Arrington Bridge Road at Highway 117 South in Goldsboro.  Family members reported him missing the following day.

On Thursday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office located Pearsall dead inside his wrecked Cadillac in a heavily wooded area on Stanley Chapel Road in southern Wayne County.  The vehicle could not been seen from the highway.  Sheriff’s Captain Shawn Harris said all evidence gathered thus far indicates Mr. Pearsall’s vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in the wooded area.  Detectives believe he died as a result of the motor vehicle accident and not from foul play.

Investigators said the SBI Cellular Analysis Unit provided sheriff’s detectives with an area to look for Pearsall and his vehicle.  Based on the information, deputies found the wreckage.   The NC Highway Patrol responded to the scene and is investigating with the crash investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy will be performed by the NC Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh to confirm Pearsall’s cause of death.

In addition to the NC SBI, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said they were also assisted by the Goldsboro Police Department, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, and National Insurance Crime Bureau with the missing person investigation.