Sheriff’s office identifies body found during Florence; homicide investigation underway

Carlos Alfonso Jr. (Source: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)
Carlos Alfonso Jr. (Source: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)(Columbus County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Oct. 10, 2018 at 12:22 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said a homicide investigation is underway after a body found near the Bladen County line in the midst of Hurricane Florence has been identified as a missing man from Robeson County.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, deputies on Sept. 16 received a report about a body found in the 8900 block of Joe Brown Highway North in Chadbourn near the Bladen County line. Deputies arrived on scene and found a deceased male.

The victim’s body was taken to the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh were he was identified as Carlos David Alfonso Jr., 31, of Orrum, who was reported missing on Sept. 13. Authorities say Alfonso was the victim of a homicide.

Alfonso was last seen at the Sun Do gas station on Old Boardman Road in Evergreen. He was last seen wearing a sleeveless gray shirt, blue jeans, boots, and a camouflage hat.

According to officials, Alfonso went to the store with a friend who told investigators that Alfonso saw someone he knew and would catch a ride home with them. Alfonso also left his cell phone, which was later returned, in the friend’s car.

If you have any information concerning Alfonso’s whereabouts from September 13 to September 16, please contact Det. Parker with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at 910-640-6629.

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