27-year-old man found dead on Christmas Eve was shot

(Photo: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)

BELHAVEN, Beaufort County - The 27-year-old man found dead on Christmas Eve was shot, evidence from the scene suggests.

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on December 24, the body of Timothy Bernard Moore of Belhaven was discovered on a dirt road off of Beech Ridge Road.

A passing motorist made the discovery and reported it to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, officials said in a press release.

Investigators suspected foul play in Moore's death from the start. After processing the scene for over 7 hours, investigators recovered over 30 pieces of physical evidence believed to be associated with the crime.

Preliminary findings indicate that Moore was shot, officials said in a press release. An autopsy is being performed today, December 27, to determine the exact cause of death.

Officials said that Sheriff's investigators worked through the holiday weekend interviewing Moore's friends, family and anyone who might have come in contact with him in the hours prior to his death.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at 252-946-7111 or Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at 252-974-6400.  

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