Suspect in Fayetteville man’s disappearance now charged with murder

Cumberland County News
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville police have charged a 23-year-old man with murder in the March 2018 disappearance of Charles Fuentes. 

Ryan D. Chavis was already in custody in connection with the investigation into Fuentes’ disappearance, police said. Fuentes originally faced a charge of accessory after the fact to commit first-degree murder, police said. 

On Thursday, that original charge against Chavis was dismissed and he was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping.

Chavis faced a judge who talked about his charges in court Friday while his victim’s family watched.

“I think he was heartless, he has no conscious, I think he’s evil,” said Mayra Fuentes, the victim’s mother, “Nobody deserves that, that’s unreal to happen in this town or any town, I wanna know why, that’s not right, and I want my son.”

Fuentes was last seen during March 3, 2018 while leaving Izzy’s Sports Bar, located at 150 Andrews Road.

Fuentes body has not been found.

“We believe there’s enough evidence to move forward even if we do not find the body,” said Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West. “The allegations are that he was beaten badly and his body disposed of and that’s just a terrible thing to happen to anyone, I really feel for the family and we’re gonna do everything we can to get justice in this case.”

Chavis continues to be held at the Cumberland County Detention Center without bond.

Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Homicide Unit continue to ask for the public’s assistance, by contacting Detectives or Crimestoppers with any information relevant to the investigation.

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