WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Police Department found the body of an older man Wednesday afternoon in a ditch near South Kerr Ave.
Police identified the body as Melvin Jerome Bennett, a 60-year-old blind man from Wilmington.
Bennett was reported missing two weeks ago after being last seen on Feb. 15 at the K&D Mini Mart on S. Kerr Ave. around 10:30 p.m.
Wilmington Police Department investigators searched the wooded area near where Bennett was seen multiple times after he was reported missing. On Tuesday, the WPD and Brunswick Search and Rescue, using specially trained dogs, searched the area again. The SABLE helicopter crew also conducted an aerial search.
The cause of death was not immediately apparent, but an autopsy will be performed, according to WPD spokesperson Lucy Crockett.
Stick with WECT.com for more information on this developing story.