Skeletal remains found in NY may be those of NC man who fled during 2018 stop, police say

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David Clyde Morgan (Photo via WROC)

GENESEO, N.Y. (WECT) – Authorities say skeletal remains found in western New York may be those of a Wilmington man who fled police more than a year and a half ago.

According to the Associated Press, Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said Sunday evening that the body is likely that of David Clyde Morgan.

Authorities say that Morgan pointed a gun at a Geneseo, New York, police officer during a traffic stop on a rural road on July 18, 2018.

The officer fired a shot at Morgan before Morgan and his girlfriend, Sandra Brown, fled into a nearby cornfield. Brown was taken into custody a short time afterward.

Video of the traffic stop was captured by a dashboard camera.

According to a criminal complaint, Brown told officials that the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office executed “a raid” of Morgan’s house in Wilmington a week before the incident and recovered three pounds of marijuana.

Brown said that she and Morgan decided to flee North Carolina to avoid arrest.

Dental records and DNA will be used to confirm the body is Morgan’s, the AP reported.

Two hunters searching for deer antlers in heavy brush found skeletal remains of a human Sunday. They were not far from where Morgan was last seen.

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