Family, friends of man protest handling of death investigation

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Family and friends of a man who deputies say died after jumping out of a moving car protested Monday morning in front of the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities have said no charges will be filed in the death of 24-year-old Clifton McFadden.

They reported that McFadden started acting paranoid in the backseat -- before jumping out of the vehicle. Deputies say they went back to look for the body -- but it was hidden in vegetation.

McFadden's body was found eight days later on May 23rd.

His mother Monica Jones says, " I was just left with nothing but rot. That's what they handed me back.'

The protestors want the death investigation reopened. Sheriff Hans Miller says the only way to do that is for new tips to come in on the case.

The family of McFadden is offering a $2,500 reward for any tips leading to an arrest in the case. You can contact them at 252-643-0998.


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The family of a man who was first reported missing, then whose body was later found in a ditch on Stella Road in Onslow County, says they hope to shed new light on the case.

Authorities have said no charges will be filed in the death of 24-year-old Clifton McFadden.

Investigators say he was in a vehicle with others when he jumped out of the moving car.

They reported that McFadden started acting paranoid in the backseat -- before jumping out of the vehicle. They say they went back to look for the body -- but it was hidden in vegetation.

McFadden's body was found eight days later on May 23rd.

His mother Monica Jones says, " I was just left with nothing but rot. That's what they handed me back.'

Detectives say while the three in the car failed to called 911 -- no charges will be filed in McFadden's death.

Jones says she's done some digging herself -- and has been told several different versions of events from those close those in the car and she says her son had no form of mental illness that would've caused him to jump from a moving car, as has been stated by investigators.

Jones says, "It would seem to me the SBI come in and put another set of eyes on this case, and this is not to say that the Onslow County Sheriff's Department didn't do the best that they could do, but we feel that we need some more answers."

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said, "They have to go where the facts lead them."

Jones says her family is giving out a reward for any new tips that could lead to arrests.

That number is 252-643-0998.

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Deputies in Onslow County have released more information about a missing Jacksonville man, whose body was discovered on the side of the road.

Clifton McFadden III was last seen on May 15th at his parents home on Fieldcrest drive.

The 24-year-old was considered an at-risk or endangered adult.

While investigating his disappearance, detectives found a body on Stella Road who was later identified as McFadden.

Deputies say an autopsy determined the cause of death to be head injuries as a result of jumping from a moving vehicle.

Three individuals were traveling wth McFadden when he jumped out of the moving vehicle.

All witnesses describe McFadden as paranoid while riding in the backseat before jumping out of the vehicle going approximately 50 to 60 miles per hour.

Deputies say the witnesses failed to report the incident to the police...but no charges will be filed for his death.

Authorities say McFadden had a history of mental health issues.

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Deputies say they believe they have found the body of a missing Jacksonville man.

Clifton McFadden III was last seen on May 15th at his parents' home on Fieldcrest Drive. The 24-year-old was considered an at-risk or endangered adult.

Today, while investigating his disappearance, detectives found a body on Stella Road. The body was found along the road, but not easily visible to passing traffic.

Deputies say while the investigation indicates the body is McFadden, positive ID will be done by the medical examiner's office.

The M.E. will also determine the cause and manner of the man's death.



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Deputies say a missing man is considered an at-risk or endangered adult.

Clifton McFadden III, who also goes by Tre McFadden, was last seen on Monday at his parents home at 110 Fieldcrest Drive in Jacksonville.

McFadden is 24 years old, 6'2", weighs 200 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on McFadden should call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.



 

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