UPDATE: Suspects In Missing Teen's Death Appear In Court

Four men accused of killing a 16-year-old high school student made their first court appearance Monday morning.

Goldsboro police have charged Curtis Etheredge, Leonard Joyner, Jerome Butts and Kevin Smith with the murder of Kennedy McLaurin, Jr.

The teen was last seen two weeks ago on a Goldsboro street being forced in a car. Police believe they found his remains over the weekend near Seven Springs.

All four suspects asked for court appointed lawyers during this morning's hearing.


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Wayne County authorities believe they have found the remains of 16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin Jr. They say the remains were found in the Seven Springs area Saturday morning.

The remains will be sent to the North Carolina State Medical Examiner’s office in Chapel Hill for analyses and positive identification.

Authorities say they have also arrested a fourth suspect in the murder of McLaurin, 17-year-old Curtis Etheredge. Etheredge turned himself in at the Goldsboro Police Department. He is charged with murder and has been placed in jail under no bond pending his first court appearance.

All four suspects are due in court Monday morning.

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Goldsboro Police said late Friday night 3 men are in custody for the murder of a Goldsboro teen reported missing this month. They are also looking for a 4th suspect.

Goldsboro Police say Leonard Joyner turned himself in to a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy after seeing himself on television as being wanted for the murder of 16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin Junior. Joyner was taken to the Goldsboro Police Department and turned over to investigators.

19-year-old Jerome Butts was also arrested and charged with murder in the death of McLaurin. Both Joyner and Butts were placed in the Wayne County Jail under no bond pending a first appearance.

Authorities say 18-year-old Kevin Smith of Marlette Dr. Goldsboro was also arrested and charged with murder. He also has been placed in the Wayne County jail under no bond pending his first appearance.

Lawmen report they are looking for 17-year-old Curtis Etheridge of Biltmore Drive in Goldsboro, in connection with this case. They say a warrant for his arrest has been issued charging him with Murder.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement agency, 911, or the Tip-Line at 919-580-4243.

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Goldsboro police say the missing person case of a high school student has now become a homicide investigation.

16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin was last seen September 9th in a Goldsboro neighborhood and police say the teen was abducted.

Sgt. Dwayne Dean says they have issued murder warrants for Leonard Joyner. He is not in police custody at this time and police say they have yet to recover a body.

Dean says they have identified everyone involved and expect more people to face charges. He says they were able to piece together what happened through interviews.

For most of the day Friday, police have been working in an area off Carmack Road, outside of Seven Springs. A tent was being used as investigators search for clues. Police would only say that they found additional physical evidence found at the scene.

Police say McLaurin was forced into a bluish-grey older model car by three or four men on Bain Street.


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16- year-old Goldsboro High School student Kennedy McLaurin has been missing more than a week and Monday his mother asked the public to help find her son.

Goldsboro Police say McLaurin was abducted from the 700 block of Bain Street and forced into a car by three or four men September 9th.

McLaurin's mother Kimberly Best has desperately tried to get some answers.

"Going to bed at night it's hard. I don't know where he is... where he is laying his head at," said Best. "If anybody knows anything that can lead to his whereabouts, please just call it in to the tip line."

"Any time you're dealing with a missing person and their normal routine of things aren't the same, then of course you get a little worried, and that's why we basically worked this around the clock ever since its come in," said Sgt. Dwayne Dean with the
Goldsboro Police Department.

Police spent the weekend handing out fliers and interviewing witnesses in the area where he went missing.They've also been following leads from callers to the tip line. Police are now looking for a 90's model blue 4-door Oldsmobile with faded paint.

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Police have released updated information on the subject of an Amber Alert who they say was abducted.

Kennedy McLaurin, Jr. is still missing, according to police. They are now looking for a late model, 1990's bluish/gray 4-door Oldsmobile with faded paint.

The 16-year-old Goldsboro High School student was last seen 1:00 p.m. Sunday. He is approximately 5'9" tall and weighs 135 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. McLaurin is possibly wearing blue jeans and an unknown shirt.

They believe he was abducted from the 700 block of Bain Street.

If you have any information on this abduction, call Goldsboro police at 919-705-6572.


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A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a teenager who authorities say was abducted by four men this morning.

Goldsboro police are looking for Kennedy McLaurin who is 16 years old. He is a black, approximately 5'9" tall and weighs 135 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. McLaurin is possibly wearing blue jeans and an unknown shirt.

Police say the teen was last seen 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Their investigation shows McLaurin was abducted from the 700 block of Bain Street and forced into a blue, older model four-door Buick or Lincoln. They say three or four black men were in that vehicle.

McLaurin is a student at Goldsboro High School.

If you have any information on this abduction, call Goldsboro police at 919-705-6572.


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