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Body identified in burned car on New Year's Day

Photo of Jimmy Oxendine. (courtesy of Robeson County Sheriff's Office)
Photo of Jimmy Oxendine. (courtesy of Robeson County Sheriff's Office)
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Robeson County deputies identify body found in burned car

A body found inside of a burning vehicle has been identified as Jimmy Ray Oxendine, 47, of Maxton, according to Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.

Wilkins said the autopsy and toxicology were performed this morning by the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.

He added the "preliminary autopsy by the Examiner’s Office did not find that any type of gunshot, stabbing or assault caused the death of Oxendine."

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 300 block of Greely Road in Maxtonon New Year's Day in reference to a vehicle fire with a body inside of the vehicle.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Homicide and Arson Divisions are investigating the case as they await the toxicology report.

Wilkins said investigators have conducted several interviews and obtained surveillance footage that traced Oxendine’s locations throughout the night and morning of his death.

Robeson County Emergency Management assisted with the investigation.

Prospect Fire Department responded to the vehicle fire.

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Sheriff Burnis Wilkins is requesting anyone with information about the case to call Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 671-3170 or (910) 671-3100.

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