NC dad out of prison 11 days is found dead in homicide, officials say

Terry Lewis Hawkins in a photo from Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A man from Cumberland County who was released from prison less than two weeks ago was found dead in a homicide, officials say.

Terry Lewis Hawkins, 41, of Spencer Street in Fayetteville was released from prison on parole on April 25 after serving part of a 30-month term for arson, according to officials and NC Dept. of Corrections public records.

Hawkins was found dead on Friday by employees of ICAN behind the recycling business at the dead end of South Eastern Boulevard, said Sean E. Swain, spokesman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Cumberland County detectives began a homicide investigation and worked to identify the dead body starting around 2:30 p.m. Friday, Swain said.

Detectives used fingerprint comparisons to identify Hawkins, who served 17 months of his sentence before parole.

After finding the identity of the victim, detectives discovered Hawkins was reported as a missing that day by his daughter, Tynasia Hawkins, according to Swain.

Tynasia Hawkins Hawkins had contacted the Fayetteville Police Department to report that her father had not been seen or heard from since May 4.

Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detectives are investigating Hawkins’ death and seek the public’s assistance in locating anyone having contact Terry Lewis Hawkins after May 4.

If anyone has any information, please contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or Crimestoppers (910) 483-8477

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