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SC murder victim was person of interest in Fayetteville missing persons case

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WBTW) - The victim in Tuesday's homicide near the Myrtlewood community was a person of interest in a missing persons case.

A press release from the Fayetteville Police Department from May 31 says 42-year-old Mark Allen Verhasselt, of the 5200 block of Rockingham Road, and 23-year-old Ryan Dewain Chavis, of the 3300 block of Clemson Drive, are persons of interest in the disappearance of 31-year-old Charles Anthony Fuentes.

According to the release, Fuentes was last seen on March 3 leaving Izzy's Sports Bar, located at 150 Andrews Road in Fayetteville, with Verhasselt and Chavis in a dark in color 2007 Lexus with North Carolina registration.

A press release sent from the FPD on Wednesday says the department's homicide unit was contacted by Horry County police on Tuesday and informed that Verhasselt was a victim in a recent homicide.

Fayetteville police say in this release the two incidents do not appear to be related, but police are still actively investigating Fuentes' disappearance.

Fuentes is described as a Hispanic male who is about 6 foot 2 and about 160 to 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans, a brown coat, and headphones.

Anyone with information about Fuentes' disappearance or Chavis' location, should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-224-3257 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-8477.

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