Police ID Body Found In Tar River

Greenville police have identified the body of a man found in the Tar River on Saturday.

Police say no foul play is suspected in the death of Thomas Thigpen. An autopsy says there were no visible signs of trauma on the 61 year old's body.

Thigpen lived in Greenville, but his North Carolina identification had a Durham address. His body was found around 2:00 p.m. Saturday near Warren Street.

Police are asking anyone who had contact with Thigpen since February 9th to give the Major Crimes Unit a call at 252-329-4176.


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Greenville police are investigating a body that was found in the Tar River Saturday afternoon.

According to officers two people were walking on a sidewalk along the Tar River near Dockside Apartments around 2 p.m. when they noticed something strange in the water and called police.

Once on scene, officers found a person dead in the river. Police are looking into the possibility that the body floated down the river. They are also reviewing reports of missing persons in the area.

The body was taken to the Pitt County Medical Examiner's office for analysis.

Right now police say they do not know the cause of death or the identity of the victim.

We will continue to update you on this story as soon as we get more details.


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  • by rhasheeda thigpen Location: brooklyn ny on Mar 4, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    THANKS EVRYONE>>>>R.I.P UNCLEFROG GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!!
  • by Sherry on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    Poor fellow...my heart goes out to his family and friends....
  • by sam Location: greenville on Mar 1, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    Just because a body was found all of you IGNORANT COUNTRY BUMPKINS assume a crime was commited.What part of no signs of trauma on the body do you not understand. The man could have slipped and fell on the muddy bank of the river and drowned. He may have suffered from a heart attack and fell in.None of you know so why don't you just keep the comments to yourself. When you ASSUME you make a ASS OUT OF YOURSELF!
  • by Aunt B on Mar 1, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    My condolences to Mr. Thigpen's family, may he rest in peace.
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Feb 28, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    They haven't identified the body or stated a cause of death and some of you are already assuming homicide. It very well could have been but it could have been a natural death or a boating accident. We don't know yet. I am so glad I am not as miserable as some of you must be to make some of the comments you make on every story that comes along. By the way, studies have shown that most bottled water comes from the city water supply where it is bottled. Some is not even re-filtered!
  • by Surprised Location: NC on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:50 AM
    I can't believe what I'm reading here. Doesn't anyone has any morals ? Someone has been pulled from the river ! Could be male/female someones brother/sister, husband/wife, father/mother. Whom ever it is, prayers for the family of this unfortunate person.
  • by concerned Location: washington on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:49 AM
    Have some compassion will you. Think of this persons family and how you would feel. Really,people
  • by to Drinking Water Location: Farmville on Feb 27, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    To Drinking water...so you think Greenville water is THAT good? Guess you haven't truly read the Greenville Utilities water report listing different contaminants and volatile organic components. (not to mention the chlorine!) Yes, GUC along with most municipalities do the best they can but the truth is there are options available to improve it...i.e water filters whether simple or complex. Oh and one last thing, I bet you drink bottled water.
  • by Dave Location: 27th floor on Feb 27, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    I thought that red stuff in my water was blood. Now I am beginning to believe it.
  • by Crime Rate Location: G'ville on Feb 27, 2011 at 06:26 PM
    Crime is down, tell all g'ville residents you'll be attending atleast one of em's funeral!
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