COLUMBUS COUNTY -- Columbus County detectives believe they have recovered the murder weapon from a shooting earlier this month. Investigators say the rifle used to kill Rodney Simms was found in the Lumber River about 20 miles from the crime scene. Simms and a passenger were shot while driving just outside of Whiteville. The passenger survived; Simms died at the hospital. The sheriff says an anonymous tip led to the murder weapon. No arrests have been made.
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