BERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – Authorities have identified the headless body found last week in a rural area as Kelvin Singleton, 26, an escapee from the Chowan County Jail.
Singleton broke out of the jail in Edenton the afternoon of Easter Sunday. He was spotted about ten minutes later a few blocks away in the same area, but was never reported seen again.
A member of a hunting club discovered Singleton’s unclothed, partially decomposed body last Thursday on Ashland Church Road. Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said the body had been there about a week. He said they still have not located his head.
Chowan County Sheriff Dwayne Goodwin says Singleton’s death is the most bizarre he has seen in his 25 years in law enforcement.
“The loss of life is sad no matter who it is,” Goodwin told 10 On Your Side on Tuesday. “He was somebody’s child.”
10 on Your side is working to find out more about the gruesome discovery. We reached out to the Bertie County Sheriff but are told he will not be commenting on the case at this time.
Additionally 10 On Your Side made calls to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. A spokesman with SBI said that they are combing through new information coming in from the community, but they also will not be commenting on the matter.
At first Goodwin speculated that Singleton would go to the Charlotte area where his mother and his child live. But following the escape, no one reported seeing Singleton in that area or anywhere else. Singleton faced several charges in Charlotte including assault with a deadly weapon.
Singleton was arrested in January for the armed robbery of an Edenton tobacco store. Investigators say he escaped on March 27 using a shank he made out of a toothbrush. He forced a jail officer to release him.
There have been no arrests in his death.
Bertie County investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office at (252) 794-5330.