Missing NC man whose truck was driven by manhunt suspect is found dead

Bryson left, and Stroupe in photographs from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

UPDATE: Death penalty sought for NC manhunt suspect in missing man’s murder

ARDEN, N.C. (WSPA) – The body of missing man, Thomas Bryson, has been found in Arden, according to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Bryson’s body was found at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a corn field on Glenn Bridge Road, the sheriff’s office says.

Deputies say Bryson left his Mills River home in the South Mills River Road area just after 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Death penalty sought for NC manhunt suspect in missing man’s murder

Bryson, 68, was reported missing during the manhunt for Phillip Michael Stroupe II.

Stroupe was later found driving Bryson’s Honda Ridgeline and was arrested after a five-day manhunt and chase on Thursday in McDowell County.

Bryson’s sons say he was on his way to pick up his sister for a doctor’s appointment around 8:30 Wednesday morning. Deputies say they believe Bryson came across Stroupe pretty close to his driveway in Mills River.

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McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene says a firearm was found near where Stroupe abandoned Bryson’s vehicle.

Deputies announced they were treating Bryson’s disappearance as a possible kidnapping.

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