LUMBERTON, NC. (THECOUNT) — Wilbert Deal has been identified as the body found in a Lumberton, North Carolina ditch on Wednesday, according to reports.

Police say, Deal, 41, was found deceased Wednesday in a ditch near Lumberton High School. “There were no obvious signs of foul play” in his death, said police on Thursday morning.


According to police Capt. Terry Parker, the man has been identified as Deal who Parker says listed himself as homeless on Oct. 4.

Parker said that it does not appear that Deal’s body had been in the ditch for very long, reports Robesonian.

An autopsy will be done to try to determine the exact cause of death.

If anyone has information concerning this incident they should contact Detectives Paula McMillan or Evan Whitley at the Lumberton Police Department 910-671-3845.

Family members and friends took to Facebook to remember the beloved man:

Geo quick facts: Lumberton is a city in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Robeson County, which is the largest county in the state by land area. Located in southern North Carolina’s Inner Banks region, Lumberton is located on the Lumber River – Wikipedia.