UPDATE: Body identified as missing Wilmington man

PENDER COUNTY -- The search for a missing Wilmington man is over. This weekend deputies in Pender County found the body of Martin Garza. Garza's body was found Saturday afternoon by a motorist driving along Highway 117 near Willard. Autopsy results show Garza died after being shot in the head. He was last seen January 21 at the Wal-Mart in Wallace, about 20 minutes from where his body was found. Investigators believe he was killed shortly after he went missing. Garza's truck was found in Johnston County January 22 with a blood-stained front seat and bullet casings. At this point five law enforcement agencies are investigating Garza's murder, which makes gathering information a little more difficult. Investigators do have two people of interest they say are connected to the case: Socrates Gomez and Wilmer Alvarado. It is believed that the two men were with Garza shortly before he disappeared. Investigators say Garza's murder is not a random act, and the public is not at risk. Detectives working the case are urging anyone with information on Gomez or Alvarado to call local authorities or dial 911.

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