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Body identified; suspicious death still under investigation

Posted on January 6, 2021

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This Hyundai Elantra with a Florida license plate was spotted near the scene of a suspicious death in rural Nash County.

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This Hyundai Elantra with a Florida license plate was spotted near the scene of a suspicious death in rural Nash County.

This Dodge Charger was spotted near the scene of a suspicious death in rural Nash County.

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This Dodge Charger was spotted near the scene of a suspicious death in rural Nash County.

This Hyundai Elantra with a Florida license plate was spotted near the scene of a suspicious death in rural Nash County.

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This Hyundai Elantra with a Florida license plate was spotted near the scene of a suspicious death in rural Nash County.

This Dodge Charger was spotted near the scene of a suspicious death in rural Nash County.

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This Dodge Charger was spotted near the scene of a suspicious death in rural Nash County.

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

NASHVILLE — Authorities have identified the body of a man found in brush fire last week.

Dominick Jermaine Parker, 27, was discovered dead on Dec. 30.

Parker’s last known address is on Hargrove Street in Rocky  Mount, said Maj. Eddie Moore of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

“The sheriff’s office is still awaiting the results of the autopsy to confirm the cause  of death,” Moore said. “Detectives with the sheriff’s office continue to follow leads in this case.”

The investigation began with the report of a brush fire that led to deputies to Parker’s body, which had been set on fire in a rural Nash County field.

Deputies and firefighters responded to a brush fire call at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30 on the 8300 block of N.C. 58 north of Nashville, Moore said.

Parker’s body was burned. It remains unclear whether the burning occurred postmortem.

Authorities are still seeking two “vehicles of possible interest” that were seen in Castalia around the time of the man’s death.

The cars are a black Dodge Charger with black rims and a blue Hyundai Elantra with a Florida license plate.

Anyone with information on the fire, the victim’s identity or either car is asked to call the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at 252-459-4121.

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