Decomposed body found in NC identified as missing Union Co. man

Posted at 4:40 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 17:40:02-04

By WBTV Web Staff

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A decomposed body found in a Union County soybean field was identified Tuesday as 33-year-old Carl Dewayne Melton, who was reported missing last month.

A farmer found Melton’s body Monday afternoon in a soybean field located off of McManus Road near Latham Road by Monroe. Deputies say the Medical Examiner’s Office used medical records to determine the body belonged to Melton.

Melton, also known as “Snoopy,” was last seen on August 10, according to detectives, but was reported missing September 3.

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“This is not the outcome we were hoping for and we will continue to hold Mr. Melton’s family in our thoughts and prayers. Our Detectives will continue to investigate Mr. Melton’s death and I praise their exhaustive efforts in resolving this matter,” Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said.

The Medical Examiner is working to determine a cause of death.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call detectives at 704-283-3789 or Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.

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