Autopsy Says Missing Vanceboro Man Shot In Head

An autopsy says a missing Vanceboro man whose body was pulled from a shallow grave last week in Onslow County had been shot in the head.

Bobby Manning's remains were found Friday morning off White Oak River Road outside of Maysville. The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled his death a homicide.

John Huff of Beaufort is charged with the man's murder and attempted financial card fraud.

Warrants says Huff was arrested Thursday on the financial card fraud charge and he's accused of withdrawing money on October 20th from the victim's account.

Huff appeared before a judge on Monday in Craven County and his next court date is December 23rd.


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A man who accused of killing a Vanceboro man and putting his body in a shallow grave in Onslow County made his first court appearance in Craven County this morning.

John Huff of Beaufort is charged with murder and attempted financial card fraud. The body of 70-year-old Bobby Manning, Sr. was found Friday morning outside of Maysville in Onslow County.

Warrants says Huff was arrested Thursday on the financial card fraud charge and he's accused of withdrawing money on October 20th from the victim's account.

Huff's next court date is December 23rd.

An autopsy is scheduled today to determine how Manning was killed.


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We're watching for two big developments in a major murder investigation in Onslow county.

Fifty-two-year-old John Huff of Beaufort is scheduled to make his first court appearance this morning.

The Carteret county man is under arrest for the murder of a Craven county man, after his body was found in a shallow grave in Onslow county Friday.

Seventy-year-old Bobby Manning Sr. of Vanceboro was reported missing November 19th. An autopsy is also scheduled today to figure out how Manning died.

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What is believed to be the body of a missing Vanceboro man has been pulled out of a shallow grave in Onslow County. Craven County authorities say they have charged a Beaufort man with that murder

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says the body was found in a shallow grave this morning in a wooded area off White Oak River Road outside of Maysville.

Craven County Captain Joe Heckman tells WITN News they believe the body is that of Bobby Manning, Sr. The 70-year-old Vanceboro man was reported missing November 19th.

Heckman says the investigation led them to believe Manning may have been killed, and likely taken to Onslow County. Cadaver dogs from Wayne County were brought in this morning and the body was found thirty minutes later.

Yesterday a suspect was nabbed on a charge of attempted fraudulent use of a credit card. John Huff of Beaufort is now being held in the Craven County jail on an open count of murder.

The 52-year-old man is expected to face a judge Monday on the murder charge.

He is no stranger to the legal system. Huff has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1982 with more than 30 convictions. The latest was a drug possession charge which he got out of prison in 2007.

The body will be sent to the Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy on Monday.


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  • by family Location: beaufort on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    You can not blame Johns family for his actions. He is a grown man who had bad habits. He made a bad choice which caused others grief. He is where he belongs but no one should put blame on his family. That not fair to them.
  • by Family of Bobby on Dec 20, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    There was no collection taken up for his funeral bill.
  • by Family of Bobby on Dec 20, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Just so that it is very clear, Wilma Manning paid for his funeral not James.
  • by MIKE Location: BEAUFORT on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    YOU PEOPLE MAKING COMMENTS AS FAR AS SOMEONE BEING RAISE CORRECT OBVIOUSLY HAVENT GOT ENOUGH SENSE OR GOOD RAISING TO KNOW IT DOESNT TAKE GOOD PARENTS TO PREVENT AN ACTION OF THIS MAGNETUDE I DO KNOW JOHNS FAMILY AND HIS MOTHER IS A GOOD WOMEN SOME OF YOU WOULD BE BLESSED TO HAVE THIS WAS THE ACTION OF ONE MAN AND NOT HIS FAMILY HAVE SOME CONCERN FOR THERE LOSS AS WELL BE HUMANE! IM SURE BOBBY WAS A GOOD MAN BUT UNFORTUNATLY HE WAS WITH THE WRONG PERSON AT THE WRONG TIME AND GOD WILL SEE THAT JOHN GETS HIS CORRECT PUNISHMENT AND YOURS TOO IF YOUR WAY OF THINKING IS TO BLAME HIS FAMILY , LOOK AT EVERYONE THIS DAY AND TIME SHOULD WE ALL BE BLAMED FOR OUR FAMILIES ACTIONS (IF SO IM IN TROUBLE AS WELL ) SO PLEASE CONSIDER EVERYONE INVOLD BEFORE YOU START WRONGFULLY JUDGING GOOD PEOPLE HOWEVER MAY GOD BE WITH THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF MR. MANNING
  • by whatiswronghere Location: eastern nc on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    Why was James selling Bobby's belongings ? Why was James telling people that Bobby was in Vegas ? Why did James tell a neighbor that Bobby was dead long before the body was found ? Why was James going into Bobby's trailer and taking his personal items? Why was all this going on long before anyone knew Bobby was reported missing ? Maybe some one needs to be asking James these questions ! Sounds like James had prior knowledge of the dispostion of Bobby before any one else !!
  • by Sherry on Dec 14, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    I am curious to know what autopsy shows as far as time/date death...and the actual report of being missing....Because I myself have seen Bobby at his lil camper next to Jaunitas Seafood. With his red truck and two other gentleman going into his home.
  • by concerned citizen Location: eastern nc on Dec 12, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    Sad story, but I would love to know why the family waited so long to report Bobby missing. From my understanding he had been missing since october but for some reason they thought he was in another state.
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      by Lajeanna Cronier on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:17 AM in reply to concerned citizen
      It is not the familys fault. Everyone was told Bobby was in Vegas and everyone knew he loved to play cards. Everyone knew he had said he was going! When he did not come back amongst other things that is when they went!!!! Don't judge other people unless you have been there yourself.
  • by Lajeanna Cronier Location: Vanceboro on Dec 12, 2011 at 08:36 PM
    First of all, The last news story was WRONG!!!! Bobby and Johnny were NEVER in business together!!! Bobby and James were(at the fish market and pawn shop) I knew both! Mr. Bobby was a great person that would have given the shirt off his back if someone needed it!!! Johnny on the other hand was a CRACK head and when he was on that stuff he was Mean!!! I am glad he is in jail and hope he gets the death penalty!!! RIP Mr. Bobby!!! I love you and miss you opening the door to see who is coming up everytime I go to Charles's now!!!!! Prayers going up for family and friends!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 08:14 PM
    Not only is he a thug. He is heartless. He killed his friend for money. Or maybe it was self defense.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    Bring back the electric chair. No more bleeding hearts.
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