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