New Leads In Body Recovered From Neuse River

Smithfield Police are still working to identify a body pulled from the Neuse River one week ago today but do have some new leads in the case.

NC Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews spotted the remains caught up in debris lodged against the US 301 South bridge over the Neuse River on April 25th.  An autopsy indicated the victim did not die from the recent heavy rains and flooding.

Following an autopsy last Thursday, Benson Police ruled out the body was that of Cole Thomas who has been missing since November 2016.

Police Captain R. Sheppard said Monday detectives are following up on brand new leads in the search for the victim’s identity. Captain Shepard said the leads have come from other law enforcement agencies who have unsolved missing persons cases. Another possible lead is from a individual who has come forward with information about a person who had previously not been reported missing.

The body is described as a white male, about 5 foot 3, with a black and red tattoo on the upper right side of the arm. The tattoo was possibly a “Tribal design.”

Anyone with any information about the individual is asked to contact the Smithfield Police Department Tip Line at 919-989-8835. To speak directly with an investigator call 919-934-2121.