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FIRST ON 3: Body found is missing blind man

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a body found this afternoon along S. Kerr Ave. in Wilmington is a man who went missing in the area two weeks ago.

Police say the body is Melvin Jerome Bennett, 60. He was last seen around 11 p.m. on February 15 at the K&D Mini Mart at 251 S. Kerr Avenue. His family had not seen or heard from him since.

The body was found just a block and a half away today. Investigators it was in a culvert under the road between Cox Christian Bookstore and Kerr Station Village.

Police have not yet confirmed the identity of the body, but a WPD spokesman says he assumes it is Bennett.

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