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Melquan Hicks-Bey (Photo: GoFundMe)

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.

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  • Barbara Barnhill

    Avoid gang involvement, live longer…last name of “bey”
    …seriously? Look it up, popular in prison!

    • Megan Thompson

      So a last name determines Someone’s fate? You sound ignorant.

    • sandy56

      So how do you know he was a gang member? Maybe he was part of your gang! What a cruel comment to make! I’m sure he has family that loved him and are hurting already and don’t need more grief from your stupidity. Look Barnhill up NC has 351 offenders with your name, that’s way more than twice the amount of Beys in the system! Seems you’re more likely to be the criminal here!

      • Barbara Barnhill

        First of all I didn’t say he was a gang member
        I spent years working in a prison, having “bey” after you last name is not a good sign, and no, I’m not ignorant. Check it out for yourself before you resort to name calling. As for his family, I know their pain. We too lost a young adult!

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