Body Found In State Park Identified As Greenville Man

A body found in a state park last Thursday has been identified as a man from Greenville.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has identified the body as 26-year-old Joshua Bryant Hines of Greenville. The remains were found last Thursday in a wooded area in Carolina Beach State Park in New Hanover County, just beyond designated camp sites.

A preliminary investigation found no signs of trauma but the cause of death remains unknown. The sheriff's office has not ruled out foul play at this time. A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 22 at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

According to his obituary, Hines was a 2001 graduate of J.H. Rose High School and had worked for Hatteras Yachts. He was a member of Core Creek FWB Church in Cove City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cragmont Assembly, 1233 N. Fork Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, 3520 Tupper Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.


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  • by sweetstorax Location: craven county on Jan 1, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    This death has affected more than just his biological family. least we forget his step-dad, and his step-brother and the extended family that came with it.this was a young man who loved the beach, loved to fish, among other things.he had his life snatched and his body left lying in the woods like a pile of trash. if there is one person out there that knows something, i hope you realize that you will answer to your maker. you may not believe it God, and i really don't care, but Karma is what it is. I was at the funeral home and it made me angry to see the pigs standing around with their equipment. feeding off of family members sorrows. I guess what they say is true, no one wants to read, or watch the news, unless it's tragic, painful, or distasteful. Reminds me of a bunch of starving vultures. the answers will come regardless, time will heal but right now, some of us are suffering, so stop feeding, will you?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    I graduated with Josh,and I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be remembered.
  • by Sarah on Dec 24, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    The Hines Family deserves the upmost respect which means time to grieve alone without being questioned and interviewed nonstop. Everyone is curious and anyone who knew Josh and cared for him wants to have an answer naturally, but there is a time and place for everything so give them space and sooner or later we will know the answers to the many questions we have. Its uncalled for to continue attacking the family and all it does is delay the healing process. Let them be during this tragic and traumatizing time.
  • by to Hines family member Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    I agree with "Hines Family Member" as well. Josh was a son, brother, nephew, grandson, and friend to many. It would be nice if the media and others would allow the family to mourn the loss of such a WONDERFUL man. I've known Josh all of my life and he had the best spirit. Please allow us all to cope with his death before all of the questioning. I was also very upset to see the media camped out at the memorial service yesterday.
  • by Good Friend of Josh Location: Greenville on Dec 23, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    Josh was a great friend and will be missed dearly. I lived with josh for a couple years and I can tell you from first hand experience that his family was always very nice and cared for their son very much. This was a tragic and very sad thing to happen to such great people. There will always be more questions then aswers but in the end it is important to remember josh and what he ment to the people that loved him.
  • by Courtney Location: Kinston on Dec 23, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    Okay so let me step out and be the only person who it seems agrees with "Hines Family Member" It is so easy for us to gawk and pry at situations such as these because we aren't really involved. This was a young man he graduated from high school the year before I did. i can't imagine the pain a family would feel to just abruptly find out that their family member was robbed of his life. And it being here at Christmas only adds injury to insult. This person is dealing with a serious loss, we should all be more patient and understanding of their hurt and anger. You may not feel like it was directed at the correct person but I think that it was justified. God bless your family and I agree you should all have the priviledge to mourn privately. This time of healing is no time for nosey people or video cameras. I hope that someone can soon offer you some answers to start the mending of your broken hearts.
  • by Hines Family Member Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 23, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    Hey folks....please note. I did thank those who offered kind remarks. And those who have since offered kind remards, thanks to you too. He was someone's son, grandson, nephew, big brother, and friend. Thank you for keeping those who loved him in your prayers. My remark, however, was aimed at the one person on the board (curious) who only wanted to know more. No condolences, no thoughts of how his family feels right now. Just sick, morbid curiosity. So appologize to him? Oh, I think not. Mark and Anonymous...did I irk you? Good. Imagine how that boy's mother, grandmother, little brothers, father, and the rest of a very large, very close knit family feel losing Josh so young, so sudden, and so close to christmas. We all want answers. But we all need the time and space to grieve most of all. So call me rude, contemptful, and spiteful if you like. I really don't care what you think of me. I only care about how the nosey sickos and their morbid curiosity is going hurt my family even more.
  • by distant famiy Location: greenville on Dec 23, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    His dad, stepmother and 2 brothers are good people, i pray for them and for the loss of a son. dad is a minister so i know the family will rely on God for strength to get thorugh this.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    Mark was correct in his analysis of the "Hines Family Memeber" there has been nothing but support & questions concerning a case such as this are only natural. An apology is warranted!
  • by Mark Location: Beaufort County on Dec 22, 2009 at 08:08 PM
    I offer condolences to the family. It is tragic to lose a loved one at any given time much less right here during the Holiday season. On another note....to the Hines Family member..your response was rude, filled with contempt and gives off the appearance (whether correct or not) that there really may be something more to this story. I realize you are grieving but that is no excuse for the spiteful attitude.
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