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.
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.