Deputies identify victim in early morning homicide; search for suspect continues

Deputies identify victim in early morning homicide; search for suspect continues
Avery Scurlock (Source: Robeson County Sheriff's Office)

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WMBF) – Deputies are investigating after a man was found dead early Wednesday morning in Robeson County.

According to a news release from the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 100 block of Old Tower Road in Lumberton shortly after midnight for a report of shots fired in the area. Deputies said when they arrived on scene, a man was found dead in a field.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 23-year-old Avery Scurlock of Lumber Bridge.

Authorities said Scurlock was driving a white 2016 Ford Fusion SE before his death. They said that vehicle has been located, but it’s not clear exactly where it was found.

Robeson County deputies locate vehicle connected to Wednesday morning homicide
Robeson County deputies locate vehicle connected to Wednesday morning homicide (Source: Robeson County Sheriff's Office)

According to a new release, the suspect is described as a black male, about 6-foot-tall and weighing about 275 pounds.

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins is asking anyone with information to come forward. He also asked for thoughts and prayers to family and friends as they try and process this tragic loss.

"This cowardly act has to be addressed and a person or persons needs to be held accountable and brought to justice.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division at 910-671-3170.

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