New Details: Body discovered in abandoned New Bern home

New Details: Body discovered in abandoned New Bern home (Image 1)

Multiple agencies continue to work a crime scene in New Bern.

District Attorney Scott Thomas confirmed that a body was discovered in an abandoned house of Washington Post Road. They made the discovery during an ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 22-year-old Summer Dawn Swindell of Havelock.

Investigators zeroed in on the area after developing leads that pointed to possible activity connected to Swindell’s disappearance, and after collection of evidence that corroborated those leads.   
“An extensive, well-organized ground search was conducted today, and as a result of those efforts, law enforcement discovered a body at approximately 8:30 a.m. in an abandoned house located at the entrance of the Lake Tyler development,” said District Attorney Thomas during an afternoon news conference. “A positive identification of the remains has not been made at this time.  The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and analysts from the North Carolina State Crime Lab, are processing the location, collecting evidence from inside the house and from the adjacent area.  Investigators from several agencies are interviewing residents in the area to gather any information they may have.”

“As this is an ongoing investigation, I cannot release any further information at this time,” said Thomas. “Once the appropriate investigative steps have been completed, and we have confirmed information to convey, I will update this report.”   

Summer Swindell was last seen just after midnight on April 28.  She resides in the Laurel Hill Apartments on McCotter Boulevard in Havelock.  Her former husband, Michael Wayne Balance II, told police she left her residence under unusual and out-of-character circumstances, along with a male subject in a dark colored SUV. That report remains unsubstantiated, despite extensive law enforcement work.  

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