Uber driver accused of dumping body in wooded area near Tabor City

Charles Hunt Jr. was charged with concealing/failure to report the death of a person. (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A man is behind bars and law enforcement is investigating after finding a woman’s body, who was reported missing last week, in a wooded area in Tabor City. The person of interest was an Uber driver but police say wasn’t working during the time her body was discarded.

Horry County Police Department received a missing persons report for a 48-year-old woman last Friday. The police department gathered information that the missing woman may be deceased. This information led officers to Columbus County to continue the investigation.

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On December 31, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Tabor City area to assist Horry County Police with the investigation of a missing woman. The investigation led detectives to a wooded area on Marlowe Road. Detectives located the body of a woman along a path in the woods. The victim was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh for an autopsy.

Upon completion of the autopsy, the victim was identified as Kathleen Capra, 48, of Myrtle Beach, SC. The cause of death is unknown at this time, pending toxicology and official autopsy results.

Horry County Police Department’s investigation led them to a person of interest, Charles Rayford Hunt Jr. Hunt Jr. met Kathleen Capra in SC while employed with Uber. They met while Hunt was fulfilling his duties as an Uber driver. The investigation revealed that Hunt Jr. discarded Kathleen Capra’s body in the wooded area on Marlowe Road in Tabor City. Hunt was not operating as an Uber driver at the time he discarded Kathleen’s body.

On December 31, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hunt Jr. He was charged with concealing/failure to report the death of a person. He was booked into Columbus County Detention Center with a $50,000 secured bond.

This incident is believed to be an isolated incident.

The investigation is ongoing.