LUMBERTON — Lumberton police today identified the person whose body was pulled from the Lumber River as being a 21-year-old city man named Edward Oxendine Jr.
According to a statement from police Capt. Terry Parker, the identification came after the body was examined at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill. The report found “no physical signs of trauma” to Oxendine’s body.
Oxendine lived on Mallard Drive, according to the statement, and was last seen on Jan. 17 in the early morning walking on Riverbrooke Lane in Lumberton after he left his girlfriend’s residence. His girlfriend reported him missing two days later to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Oxendine’s body was pulled from the river near the Second Street bridge on Monday about 12:15 p.m., shortly after someone in a canoe spotted it and called police. The body, which was fully clothed, was badly decomposed and had no identification on it.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dereck Evans, the lead investigator, at the Lumberton Police Department 910-671-3845.