Remains found earlier this month near Charlotte, North Carolina are believed to belong to Sam Davis, a local man who has been missing since June of 2018.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers responded to a 911 caller on Thursday, February 14 at 2:51 p.m., according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department press release.
“The remains were located by a Croft Community Elementary School teacher, who was retrieving a ball that had gone over a fence while students were playing outside,” the press release said. “No students observed the remains.”
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While detectives found no visible signs of trauma, homicide detectives responded to the scene and the remains were taken to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office. Authorities told Dateline detectives have determined foul play was not involved in Sam’s death.
As Dateline has previously reported, Sam Davis, 25 at the time, was last seen leaving his residence on Poplar Grove Drive in Charlotte on June 29, 2018. He told his roommate he was going to a nearby Walmart.
Sam’s mother Carol Mejia told Dateline in December of 2018 that security footage never captures Sam arriving at the Walmart, or anywhere else nearby. He was never seen alive again.
Sam’s remains were found less than two miles from where he was last seen.
“Thirty-three weeks ago today Sam disappeared into thin air. Yesterday he was found and not in the way we were all hoping and praying for,” Sam’s mother Carol wrote in a February 15 Facebook post. “But for the first time in eight months, I now know where he is. He isn't in danger and he isn't sad. We are broken and we are hurting.”
According to the Find Sam Davis Facebook page, a celebration of life is planned for Saturday, March 3 in Huntersville, North Carolina. For more information, please visit the Facebook page, run by Sam’s mother Carol.
Bianca Hillier covers missing person and homicide cases for NBC News.