Murder victim reportedly abducted hours before body found


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The young man whose body was found in a wooded area in Castle Hayne was reportedly abducted during an armed robbery just hours before.

According to a release from the Wilmington Police Department, Melquan Hicks-Bey, 22, was reportedly taken from a home in the 1500 block of South 12th Street around 4:15 Sunday morning.

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The incident report from WPD shows the armed robbery happened at the home of a young woman.

Less than six hours after the robbery, Hicks-Bey’s body was found off Alvernia Drive in Castle Hayne around 10:00 a.m.

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating, along with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Crime Stoppers is also offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.