POLICE: Body Found In Home Identified

Beulaville Police Chief Joey Carter tells WITN the man found dead inside a Duplin County home has now been identified as Richard Benton.

Carter said the 47-year-old's body may have been in his Beulaville home for three weeks before being discovered on Monday night.

The chief added Benton had not been seen for nearly three weeks.

Police do not believe foul play was a factor in the man's death and are awaiting toxicology reports to make a final determination for cause of death.

Carter said his officers are still working to find the man's family in order to turn his body over for burial. If you can help police make contact with the family, you are asked to call (910)-298-4647 during regular business hours.

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Beulaville Police Chief Joey Carter tells WITN a person found dead inside a home may have been there for three weeks.

Carter says the body of a man was found inside a home on Thomas Street around 8:15 Monday night.

Carter says because the body was so badly decomposed, they haven't been able to positively identify who it is or how he died.

The police chief says they're not sure if it is the person who lived there alone, but says he hasn't been seen for three weeks.

At this time, Carter says the death is being treated as suspicious because they don't know who it is or the cause of death, but says there is nothing to indicate foul play.

An autopsy is scheduled.