Jacksonville Police release new information in shooting investigation

Will Clifton (Facebook photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Jacksonville Police have released new information about a vehicle that may have been involved in the shooting of a former Onslow County deputy.

William Joseph Clifton, 48, of Richlands was found shot to death on July 7 in Woodlands Park. He was a former Onslow County Sheriff's Office deputy until February of 2016.

Jacksonville Police are seeking information about a white vehicle seen Friday morning outside the park. Officials said the vehicle is described as a white 4-door older model sedan, either late 1980s or early 1990s. The body style of the vehicle is described as a Nissan Sentra style.

"We would like to speak to the person driving the white vehicle, who may have seen or heard something that could be helpful to the investigation" said Captain Ashley Weaver, JPD Investigations Supervisor who is leading the team of investigators on this case. There is a $5,000 reward for information. The Jacksonville Police Department has added a $2,500 to the Crime Stoppers reward for information about the shooting. "We appreciate those members of the public who have contacted us with information about this case. We also appreciate the public's patience as officers work this active and ongoing investigation. We will release information when we are able to." Weaver said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact JPD Detective Daniel Karratti at (910) 938-6410, email or call Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text a Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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