Police: Body of Thomas Bryson found, suspect arrested

The body of a man believed to be kidnapped by a fugitive during a nationwide manhunt has been found.

WYFF reports that Thomas Bryson disappeared on Wednesday in Henderson County, North Carolina, and authorities said that escaped fugitive Phillip Stroupe kidnapped him. Police arrested Stroupe on Thursday in McDowell County in Bryson’s truck, after leading them on a manhunt since July 22.

“We believe that we have found Mr. Bryson,” Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald said. “Unfortunately, we had to deliver the news, but at least I think we’re thankful we’re able to get them some sort of closure regarding their family member. It’s been a very difficult time for them and the Mills River community as well.”

Authorities reported that Stroupe, so far, is being uncooperative with the investigation.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said authorities located Bryson’s body at around 8:30 p.m. in a corn field off of Glenn Bridge Road. Bryson left his home on at around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday to take his sister to a doctor’s appointment.

Authorities are expected to release additional information on Monday. Meanwhile, Stroupe is behind bars in McDowell and charged with Bryson’s murder. Check back with Crime Online as additional details become available.

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