Body Found In Pitt County Creek Identified

We know the identity of the man found dead in a local waterway over the weekend, along with how he died.

Grifton Police Chief Bryan Cauley says the preliminary autopsy report has been completed on the body found floating in the Contentnea Creek.

Cauley says 56-year-old Leslie Artis of Grifton died of an apparent drowning. His was last seen alive around 11:30 Friday morning sitting on the railing of South Highland Avenue bridge over the creek.

Around 7:30 that evening two people canoeing found Artis' body.

Cauley says at this time they do not suspect foul play and will have to wait several weeks before toxicology reports to return.


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An autopsy is scheduled Monday for the body of a man found floating in in a creek. Authorities say a couple canoeing on Contentnea creek in the Pitt county town of Grifton came across the body Friday evening.

Grifton Police Chief Bryan Cauley tells WITN, the body of a man in his fifties was discovered by the couple around 7:30PM

Cauley says, it didn't appear that the man was in the water long; he was fully clothed and with his identification still on him.

Right now, Cauley, says they're treating this as a death investigation, until an autopsy report is complete.

Cauley says there were no missing persons report issued and that the victim is a local resident.


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