Man goes missing from NC pig farm, police charge suspect with murder without a body

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Apr. 6 2021, Published 1:14 p.m. ET

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A North Carolina man went missing on a hog farm in early February and police say they have made an arrest despite not finding the body. 

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David “Van” Alphin, 35, was wearing coveralls and rubber boots when he was last seen on Feb. 2 on the pig farm, according to FOX 8.

Alphin was a farm laborer and is still missing. However, police say there is “enough substantial evidence” to charge an individual in his death.

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James Eric House, 35, was charged with murder and is being held in the Sampson County Detention Center without bond, according to FOX 8.

“We do pray the arrest begins to bring some closure to the Alphin family,” Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marcus Smith said in a news release.

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“This has been a lengthy investigation, where investigators have suspected malice from the on-set. We are fortunate to live in a county where its citizens are willing to support and aide our investigators. Together, law enforcement and its citizenry cannot be stopped from putting an end to evil,” Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in the news release.

Authorities are still searching for Alphin’s remains.


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