Body of missing Leland woman found in Columbus Co.

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The sheriffs of Brunswick and Columbus counties say the body of a missing Leland woman has been found.
Alicia Deans, 26, was last seen April 28. Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies said Deans, of Old Lanvale Road, was likely heading to Whiteville around 1:30 p.m. that day. Her father James Deans says when he didn’t hear from his daughter he knew something was wrong.
“A couple of days went by not hearing from her because I hear from her everyday. There’s no days that go by that she don’t call, myself or her mom. So when she didn’t that set off a red flag,” Deans said.
Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher says her body was discovered in a wooded area Wednesday morning.
“Through the information that was gained through the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and our sheriff’s office, the officers were actually able to find the body,” Lewis said.
Deputies say family members reported Deans was going to see Nathan Elisha Tyler, III who would be in his early to mid-twenties.
Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher and Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram say they suspect foul play in the case and there could be several people involved. There have been no charges filed in the case.