River Road reopens as victim is identified


New Hanover County deputies closed a stretch of River Road early this morning as they investigate what they say is a homicide.

At about 12:38 Thursday morning, deputies responded to a rural area of River Road, between Sanders Road and Independence Blvd., after receiving a call that a subject was lying on the side of the road. When they arrived deputies found a 20-year-old white man unresponsive with extensive head trauma.

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After medical assistance was provided, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

As the investigation continues, River Road has reopened to all traffic.

Alton Corey Vann, of Wilmington, was found this morning with extensive head trauma. An autopsy will be conducted within the next 24 hours to assist in determining the cause of death.

The next update will be provided at 2:30 p.m. at the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, located at 3950 Juvenile Center Road.

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