First Posted: 1/15/2009
PEMBROKE -- The mystery of what happened to a missing car was solved on Wednesday when a body floated to the surface of a private pond.
A day after authorities pulled a red 2000 Ford Ranger from a pond on Preston Road, the body of 22-year-old Jamine Travis Locklear was discovered in the pond. Authorities believe that Locklear, of 209 Morrison St., drowned after crashing the car into the pond. They are unsure exactly when the crash occurred.
Although the car was never reported stolen, it was taken without permission either Saturday night or early Sunday morning. According to Trooper Dwayne Hunt of the state Highway Patrol, the car went missing after the Ranger's owner, Christopher Dial of 3615 U.S. 74, Lumberton, loaned it to a man Dial identified as Shawn Revels, address unknown.
“Shawn had driven it to a residence and at that point, somehow, Locklear got the vehicle,” Hunt said. “He left with it and never returned.”
Sheriff's Lt. Roger Taylor said evidence suggests Locklear crashed the car into the pond before Monday because the vehicles tracks leading into the pond were visible that day.
The fully-submerged truck was discovered on Tuesday and pulled from the pond that day. The windows of the truck were rolled down, and there was no one inside the vehicle.
Divers searched for bodies, but none were found, leading investigators to believe the driver had escaped.
On Wednesday, a woman who lives near the pond saw the body floating. Jackie Locklear had walked to the pond to see the accident site.
“I almost had a heart attack,” she said.
According to Hunt's report, Jamine Locklear was traveling west on Preston Road at a speed of about 75 mph when he lost control of the truck. Hunt said Locklear over-corrected when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, so it crossed the center line and then ran off the road to the left. The truck struck a small ditch, overturned and flipped into the pond.
“Speed was a factor,” Hunt said.
Hunt said it looked like the truck rolled over on it's left side because of damage to its top, windshield and bottom front bumper. The car was found on its wheels.
Locklear's body has been sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office at Chapel Hill. It is not clear if drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.
Locklear had a criminal record that included breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, attempted breaking and entering and breaking or entering a motor vehicle.