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Missing EMS Worker Autopsy Results Delayed 6 To 8 Weeks

It will be at least another six to eight weeks before authorities know what killed a missing Pitt County EMS worker whose body was found last week in Martin County.

Clayton Womble's body was discovered Thursday afternoon near an abandoned house on Smithwick Creek Church Road. He was found near his car in a fetal position.

The Medical Examiner's Office says toxicology test will have to be performed before they can rule on a cause of death.

Last week Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks said they do not suspect foul play in Womble's death.

Womble, who worked for Eastern Pines EMS, was last seen January 20th at the WalMart in Washington. Elks says Womble purchased eight bottles of rubbing alcohol and a package of hollow coat hangers. The sheriff said those bottles were found empty.

Womble's funeral will be held Wednesday in Winterville.


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We now have funeral information for Clayton Womble. The body of Womble was found Thursday in Martin County near an abandoned house, three weeks after the man was reported missing.

According to an obituary visitation will be held on Tuesday at Wilkerson Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. The funeral will be held Wednesday at Winterville Free Will Baptist Church at 11 am. The burial will follow.


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Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says there were no signs of trauma on the body of a missing EMS worker and they do not suspect foul play in his death. The body of Clayton Womble was found Thursday in neighboring Martin County near an abandoned house.

Womble, who worked for Eastern Pines EMS, was last seen January 20th at the WalMart in Washington. Elks says Womble purchased eight bottles of rubbing alcohol and a package of coat hangers.

The sheriff said those bottles were found empty.

Elks says everyone he's spoken to says Womble had a good relationship with his family, wife and friends. A deputy who knew Womble personally identified the body.

The body was found near the missing man's car along Smithwick Creek Church Road. The sheriff says the body appears to have been there for an extended amount of time. It was found lying outside of the vehicle on a sleeping bag.

Elks says Womble had been reported missing before. So far authorities have not said how Womble died and an autopsy is expected today.


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The Martin County Sheriff's Office says a body found there Thursday night is that of a missing EMS worker from Pitt County, 28-year-old Clayton Womble.

Womble, who worked with Eastern Pines EMS, was reported missing January 20th. Recently, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office released a surveillance picture of him at the Washington WalMart from the same day and did not consider foul play involved with his disappearance.

Martin County officials have not said how Womble died or how long his body was there.

It was discovered Thursday afternoon near an abandoned house on Smithwick Creek Church Road. Traffic was detoured between Godard Town Road and Fire Department Road.

Sheriff Dan Gibbs says someone called about 4:00pm saying they spotted a vehicle in the driveway of the home in the Farm Life community. Deputies responded and found a body close to the vehicle.

The sheriff says the vehicle, a Mazda Tribute, belonged to Womble.

The State Bureau of Investigation is helping with the case. Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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