Badly decomposed male body found in Lumberton, homicide investigation underway

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WBTW) – Lumberton police are investigating a homicide after a man’s body was found in a wooded area Tuesday night.

UPDATE: Badly decomposed body found last week in Lumberton ID’d

According to Capt. Terry Parker, officers found a “decomposed male body” in the wooded area near the end of Leggett Street around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Based on evidence officers found at the scene, the Lumberton Police Department along with agents from the NCSBI, are investigating the death as a homicide, Capt. Parker confirmed.


Due to the extent of the decomposition of the body, officers have not been able to identify the victim. Parker said the body will be sent to the medical examiner’s office for a positive identification and cause of death.

While an ID of the body was not immediately available, Parker said it is not believed that the victim is Eric Evans, who was reported missing more than a week ago, but the medical examiner will work to confirm that initial finding.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to contact Detective Y. Pitts or Detective L. Hinson at 910-671-3846.

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