Public’s help sought in Martin Co. death investigation

ROBERSONVILLE,  N.C. (WNCT) – Investigators are reaching out to the public for help with a recent death investigation.

It happened on Wednesday, August 10 near Robersonville, where 43-year-old Zachary Clyde Powell was found dead in the roadway on US-64 East near mile marker 502. It’s believed that Powell was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

Investigators from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office determined that Powell was last seen alive on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 around 11 p.m., walking south on Wake Forest Road in the area of a Denny’s Restaurant near the intersection of Wake Forest Road and I-440 in Raleigh, NC. It’s believed that Powell then hitchhiked on I-440 and US-64 to reach Robersonville, NC. Powell was a white male, approximately 5’11” tall, 180 pounds, with a long brown ponytail and a long grey goatee. He had a full sleeve tattoo on his right arm and tattoos on his right lower leg. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt with “I’m Awesome” written across the chest, blue-jean shorts, and no shoes.

Anyone having any information about Powell’s travels or whereabouts after 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, should contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Troop A at 252-758-5300, and/or the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at 252-789-4555. 

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