ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – A man reported missing earlier this month in Robeson County has been found in a wooded area Tuesday night, apparently shot to death, after someone called the man's girlfriend telling her where he could be found, according to Robeson County Sheriff's officials.
Larry Leonard McNeill, 46, was reported missing on March 6, 2014 by his girlfriend, Donnial Ford, and was last seen alive on March 4 at about 9:30 p.m. leaving Barlow Road, driving his girlfriend's blue Saturn Ion, stated Major Anthony Thompson with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.
Chief Thompson of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office believes that McNeil lived in Fayetteville with his girlfriend and that she had no idea of his plans to come to Robeson, but he thinks that McNeil did have ties to the area.
On Tuesday, March 18 at about 8:17 p.m., McNeill's girlfriend told authorities that a female called her and told her she could find her boyfriend and the vehicle in the wooded area across from the railroad tracks at the end of Knapdale Road. A search was conducted, and the vehicle was found in the wooded area, with the body of McNeill inside, Major Thompson stated. McNeill appeared to have been shot.
Longtime resident Karen Parker knows the area.
"It would be the perfect place to get rid of somebody,"Parker said. "You go down nine-tenths of a mile and there's an old house that burnt down with a garage, and there is only one way in and one way out."
Other neighbors did not know what happened the night before. They were still focused on a murder that also happened on Knapdale Road less than a week ago. That victim, another male, was shot multiple times in the backyard of a home on Knapdale.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, and investigators from the Major Crimes and Homicide divisions are investigating the death.
Ford is working with separate investigators to track down the woman that called her Tuesday night.