Police investigate after man found dead outside Smithfield library

Johnston County News

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Police say a dead man was found outside the Johnston County Public Library in Smithfield on Sunday.

The body was discovered around 1:45 p.m. at the library at 305 E. Market St., according to a news release from Smithfield police.

“The body was found behind a heating and/or air conditioning unit concealed by thick shrubbery,” the news release reported.

The man has since been identified as Bobby Ray Bailey, 42, of Benson.

“The death of Mr. Bailey does not appear to be suspicious at this time. This case remains under investigation pending the completion of the autopsy and toxicology reports,” police said in a release.

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