Missing EMS Worker Autopsy Results Delayed 6 To 8 Weeks

It will be at least another six to eight weeks before authorities know what killed a missing Pitt County EMS worker whose body was found last week in Martin County.

Clayton Womble's body was discovered Thursday afternoon near an abandoned house on Smithwick Creek Church Road. He was found near his car in a fetal position.

The Medical Examiner's Office says toxicology test will have to be performed before they can rule on a cause of death.

Last week Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks said they do not suspect foul play in Womble's death.

Womble, who worked for Eastern Pines EMS, was last seen January 20th at the WalMart in Washington. Elks says Womble purchased eight bottles of rubbing alcohol and a package of hollow coat hangers. The sheriff said those bottles were found empty.

Womble's funeral will be held Wednesday in Winterville.


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We now have funeral information for Clayton Womble. The body of Womble was found Thursday in Martin County near an abandoned house, three weeks after the man was reported missing.

According to an obituary visitation will be held on Tuesday at Wilkerson Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. The funeral will be held Wednesday at Winterville Free Will Baptist Church at 11 am. The burial will follow.


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Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says there were no signs of trauma on the body of a missing EMS worker and they do not suspect foul play in his death. The body of Clayton Womble was found Thursday in neighboring Martin County near an abandoned house.

Womble, who worked for Eastern Pines EMS, was last seen January 20th at the WalMart in Washington. Elks says Womble purchased eight bottles of rubbing alcohol and a package of coat hangers.

The sheriff said those bottles were found empty.

Elks says everyone he's spoken to says Womble had a good relationship with his family, wife and friends. A deputy who knew Womble personally identified the body.

The body was found near the missing man's car along Smithwick Creek Church Road. The sheriff says the body appears to have been there for an extended amount of time. It was found lying outside of the vehicle on a sleeping bag.

Elks says Womble had been reported missing before. So far authorities have not said how Womble died and an autopsy is expected today.


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The Martin County Sheriff's Office says a body found there Thursday night is that of a missing EMS worker from Pitt County, 28-year-old Clayton Womble.

Womble, who worked with Eastern Pines EMS, was reported missing January 20th. Recently, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office released a surveillance picture of him at the Washington WalMart from the same day and did not consider foul play involved with his disappearance.

Martin County officials have not said how Womble died or how long his body was there.

It was discovered Thursday afternoon near an abandoned house on Smithwick Creek Church Road. Traffic was detoured between Godard Town Road and Fire Department Road.

Sheriff Dan Gibbs says someone called about 4:00pm saying they spotted a vehicle in the driveway of the home in the Farm Life community. Deputies responded and found a body close to the vehicle.

The sheriff says the vehicle, a Mazda Tribute, belonged to Womble.

The State Bureau of Investigation is helping with the case. Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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  • by Tori Location: Campbell on Feb 25, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    I am here to stick up for Erin. It has been about Clay, Clay, Clay which yes I can understand why, but they were married for 5 months and together 2 years before then. Erin lost her husband and she should get the same respect as Clay for all that they went through together. I know Erin personally and she is a strong christian woman and god will help her get through all of this. Please pray for everyone and be open, blaming someone is leaving justice out of the picture.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Feb 22, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    Best wishes to the family. It sounds like this guy was a real good person, and I'm sure he'll be missed.
  • by EMT family Location: Havelock on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    I wasnt close friends with Clay but did know him,He was always a kind friendly person when we met up in passing....I know the hurt to lose someone so young,my thoughts and preyers go out to his family,and close friends......
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    I am one of those people who now need to open mouth and insert foot. I never write on these things but I did. After I hit the send button, I regretted it. There was no point or reason to say what was said. Not that I said anything bad, just wasn't appropriate, who am I to say anything. I send my deepest appologise to everyone but mostly to his family and friends. I am deeply saddened that I stooped so low to say anything. I hope each and everyone of you forgive me. You have my respect for doing what ever you did or needed to do. I hope his f
  • by parent Location: nc on Feb 15, 2011 at 02:04 PM
    I did not know this man but my sympathy & prayers go out to his family & friends. This is a very sad time for all of them. He sounds like he was a special person & will be greatly missed.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    Clay was an excellent teacher while I was doing my ride time with eastern pines. RIP CLAY
  • by Dawson Page Location: Ayden on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    You know what really gets my goat about all of these comments? Is the simple fact that there are those who blame, critize, and accuse people for Clay's death. Might I add a man whom I Loved in Christ, because I had done the same jobs years before at Winterville FWB and I urged him to get involved with our youth programs. At that time he was finishing his paramedic certification and just didn't have time. Most people would pawn it off from there but not Clay. When he finish his certification, he came to me and asked for guidance on how to go about getting involved with the youth. I put him with a seasoned person and they taught him well. So, to those who want to critize, accuse and those other things. Be bold enough to sign your real name to your post, or don't make a post at all. Erin, I'm so sorry that you have even had to see any of these post. I can't change it but the television station can and I think they should that Clay's case off of the comments section. Love to you in Christ.
  • by buffalo wings Location: williomston on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    he saved my bestfirnds life....if it want for him she could be died now but now he is died so R.I.P
  • by pudding!!!! Location: Williamston on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    he will be missed. he helped my best friend get an i.v. in her arm
  • by Ellie on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:23 AM
    Dear friends: May God lift your into his arms and comfort you in your grief. We lift you in prayer to our heavenly Father. Leviticus 18:22
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