Thursday, 14 February 2019 11:12

Man Reported Missing Found Deceased

Benny Dean Randolph Benny Dean Randolph Courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff's Office

A man reported missing in January was found dead. On Wednesday (February 13) the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 500 Block of Eufola Road. A forestry worker claimed to have found a body in a wooded area.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene. They found the body and were able to identify the person as Benny Dean Randolph II. Randolph was reported missing on January 18, 2019. His family reported seeing him last on January 16.

The family told deputies at the time the missing person report was filed Randolph was acting paranoid and seeing things which weren’t there. Indications were he was under the influence of some controlled substance, and had possibly consumed an unknown substance shortly before he went missing.

During the missing person investigation, it was determined that Randolph had broken into a home near his house around 6:00 a.m. on January 16, shortly after his family had seen him. Once involved the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, utilized Iredell Search and Rescue, a drone and a cadaver dog, all in an attempt to find Randolph, with no success.

The body was found through a wooded area in the opposite direction from where he was believed to have traveled. There were no indications of foul play, and there was no indication of the cause of death. The Medical Examiner was contacted the body will be transported to North Carolina Baptist Hospital where an autopsy will be conducted.

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