Medical examiner ID’s body of ‘decomposed male’ found in Lumberton

LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – Lumberton police have released the identity of the man whose body was discovered in a wooded area Tuesday night.

According to Captain Terry Parker, officers found a “decomposed male body”  in the wooded area near the end of Leggett Street around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Based on evidence officers found at the scene, the Lumberton Police Department along with agents from the NCSBI, are investigating the death as a homicide, Captain Parker confirms.

The North Carolina Examiner’s Office says the victim is 36-year-old Michael Powell, of Lumberton. Powell died from a gunshot wound, the medical examiner confirms.

Due to the extent of the decomposition of the body, officers were not immediately able to identify the victim.

Police have not released any information related to a suspect in the shooting.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to contact Detective Y. Pitts or Detective L. Hinson at 910-671-3846.