LUMBERTON, NC (WECT) – A man with ties to Ocean Isle Beach who had been missing since last Monday was found dead Monday in a garage in Lumberton.
The Robeson County Sheriff's Office filed a missing person report last week for Clarence Stephen Maynor, 63, after he had not been seen for a week. Authorities say Maynor, a real estate agent, split time between Lumberton and Ocean Isle Beach.
Capt. Johnny Barnes of the Lumberton Police Department said they are now investigating the case as a homicide.
Hilton Oxendine, 61, told Major Howard Branch of the sheriff's office that Maynor was dead and had been there since Monday, Feb. 20, according to Barnes. When interviewed, Oxendine reportedly told detectives that the two had argued over lease money that was due and some other business dealings they had together. Oxendine, who is from Fairmont, said the argument became physical and he grabbed a handgun he kept in a desk.
Barnes said Oxendine admitted to shooting Maynor several times then closing his business and leaving. Oxendine did not return to the building and decided to turn himself in on Monday, Feb. 27.
Detectives went to the garage, located at 2700 West Fifth Street in Lumberton, and found Maynor in an office area. Oxendine was charged with first degree murder and was placed in the Robeson County Jail with no bond.