Goldsboro Police Department
News Release | Case # 20210004462

Aug. 10, 2021

Media Contact:
LaToya Henry
Public Information Officer


Missing Person – LOCATED 

Goldsboro, N.C. — On Aug. 6, 2021, at 4:20 p.m., the Goldsboro Police Department took a report of a missing 71-year-old male, Walter Lee Johnson. Mr. Johnson was last seen at his residence on Swan Street in Goldsboro some time that morning. Mr. Johnson suffers many medical complications and was considered “at risk.” A Silver Alert was initiated for locating Mr. Johnson.

On Aug. 9, Mr. Johnson had not been located and had not returned home. Investigators with Goldsboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) initiated a neighborhood canvass and began interviewing residents in the neighborhood. The search was suspended because of darkness.

At approximately 8:44 a.m. Aug. 10, CID investigators resumed their canvass and area search of Mr. Johnson’s neighborhood. At approximately 9:10 a.m., Mr. Johnson’s body was discovered in the ditch in the 800 block of N. Center Street. Family was notified, and Mr. Johnson’s body was taken to the morgue pending an autopsy to determine cause of death.

The determination as to cause or manner of death is still under investigation by the Goldsboro Police Department.

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