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Decomposed body identified as Whiteville man, updated 1 p.m.

Revised on: 07.5.2018 at 06:23 p.m.

Posted on: 07.5.2018 at 12:29 p.m.

By Jefferson Weaver

jeffersonweaver@nrcolumbus.com

A badly decomposed body found near Hinson’s Crossroads in April has been identified and is now the center of a homicide investigation.

Captain Jason Soles of the Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Christopher Bradley Gilmore, 29, was reported missing earlier this year by the Whiteville Police. His body was found April 20 behind a tobacco barn in the 4000 block of Hinson Crossroads.

Christopher Gilmore, from a social media post when he disappeared in March.

Gilmore was reported missing by his family March 24. He was last confirmed seen in Whiteville, but was reported in the Chadbourn area a few days before. According to social media posts, he frequented Clarendon, Chadbourn, and Tabor City.

Gilmore was identified by the state medical examiner’s office. A cause of death was not released, but Soles confirmed the death is being considered a homicide. The Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation are working on the case.

07.05.18

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