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FIRST ON 3: Man's body washes up on Bald Head Island


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A grisly discovery on Bald Head Island this morning, after a decomposing body washed up around 7 a.m..

Investigators have an idea who it may be.

Southport Police and Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies went to Bald Head Island to investigate.

Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove says the body is badly decomposed. All investigators know so far is the body is a man, but Dove says they do not know the race of the person.

Dove says there is a possibility it could be the body of Adam Muhammad. The 22-year-old has been missing since Valentine's Day.

"There is a possibility, but we are not ruling out anything yet," Dove said. "We want to continue this investigation, because we want to be positive before we make that announcement."

We spoke with Muhammad's mother Monday. She did not want to talk on camera, but said she has been in contact with Southport Police. She also said she is thankful for everyone who has been participating in the search for her son.

"I did notify Ms. Muhammad that a body was found," Dove said. "We do not know who it was. We did not want to jump to conclusions yet, but, yes, she does know that a body was found."

Dove said it could take several days to identify the body. He said an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

We tried to talk with the public safety director at Bald Head Island, but we were told the village had no comment.

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