Remains found in Person County believed to be of man missing since December

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ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities in Person County say remains found in a field are believed to be that of a man missing since December 2019.

William Daniel Holt, 75, was last seen walking a brown and white dog around 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2019, in the area of 412 Shiloh Church Rd., according to a news release from Person County officials.

About an hour later, family members contacted deputies to report Holt, who has Alzheimer’s, had not returned home and could not be found.

Holt in a photo from a North Carolina Silver Alert

The area where Holt vanished is west of U.S. 501 and about five miles north of Roxboro near the Woodsdale community.

A search started with local resources, but was “expanded with state search and rescue teams as well as a (North Carolina) State Highway Patrol helicopter,” a news release said.

On Tuesday, Person County deputies were given a cellphone believed to be of William Holt’s that was found in a field off of Eastwood-Long Lane.

Investigators later confirmed that the phone belongs to Holt and began searching the area.

Just before noon, investigators say a body was located that is believed to be Holt’s.

An investigation into the matter is pending as deputies have not said whether it was Holt’s body that was found.

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