Missing man found dead in car

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On Feb. 6, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office located Xzavier Pearsall.

Mr. Pearsall was found deceased inside his motor vehicle in a heavy wooded area in the 300 block of Stanley Chapel Church Road in southern Wayne County.

The vehicle was not visible from the roadway. All evidence indicated that Pearsall’s vehicle left the roadway and came to a stop in the wooded area. It is believed that Mr. Pearsall died as a result of a single-car motor vehicle crash.

Pearsall had been reported as missing by his family on Jan. 18. As a result of information provided by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Cellular Analysis unit, the sheriff’s office was provided an area to look for Pearsall and his vehicle. Due to the information provided, the sheriff’s office was able to locate Pearsall and his vehicle.

The missing person investigation is still open pending an autopsy by the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s office in Raleigh.

The sheriff’s office would like to thank the agencies that assisted with this investigation - the Goldsboro Police Department, N.C. SBI, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the motor vehicle crash.

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