A horse that had been missing since Thanksgiving was found dead late this morning.
Pasquotank County deputies believed "Cajun Cupid' might have been stolen after searches of the area turned up nothing.
But around 11:00 a.m. Thursday, a search party found the 16-year-old dead in a thick wooded area near the pasture.
Deputies say it appears the horse got its feet tangled in some vines, fell over, and couldn't get loose. They believe the horse became dehydrated and stressed while trying to get untangled.
Deputies now say a missing horse is being treated as a possibly stolen animal case.
Pasqoutank County deputies say 'Cajun Cupid' was last seen the evening of November 28th on Horseshoe Road, outside of Elizabeth City.
The American Quarter horse is 16 years old, sorrel in color and is about 16 hands high. He has a white star strip and snip on his face, two white ankle markings on his back feet, the front hooves are black, while the back ones are white.
Deputies say 'Cajun Cupid' does not have shoes, tattoos, or other brandings.
Anyone with information on this horse should call deputies at 252-339-1311.