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Mystery as escaped Black inmate found decapitated in woods

Kevin Singleton (Photo Credit: Chowan County Sheriff’s Office)

Kevin Singleton (Photo Credit: Chowan County Sheriff’s Office)

Police in North Carolina have announced that the body of a Black inmate who escaped prison has been found in a wooded area in Berite County, North Carolina. The inmate identified as Kevin Singleton, 26, escaped from the Chowan County Detention Center on March 29, 2016. Singleton used a homemade shank fashioned from a toothbrush to force a guard to open locked doors.

Singleton had been in jail since January on charges of armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping after he robbed a store clerk and tried to kidnap the clerk before he stole his car and was captured by police. He was also awaiting extradition to Charlotte on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

An extensive search of nearby woods and abandoned houses turned up no trace of the escaped inmate. Initially, police suspected that Singleton’s grandmother and sister might have aided in his escape but later dismissed them as possible suspects because their vehicles were still present during the search. It was determined that he did not have any assistance from the outside when he escaped through a delivery area at the jail. The initial search for Singleton was hampered by rain and the police dogs lost the scent of the escaped prisoner.

According to police, a hunter discovered Singleton’s naked and decapitated body in an open field last week at least 15 miles away from the Chowan County Detention Center. The body was severely decomposed and police have not located his missing head. Law enforcement identified his body on Tuesday and Chowan County Sheriff Dwayne Goodwin stated, “We have interviewed a ton of people. We don’t have a motive or anything at this point — no suspect, no motive.”
Police are perplexed by both the close proximity of Singleton’s body to the prison and why he was naked and headless.


  1. RandomComment on April 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Sounds like justice to me.

    • cee jay on April 14, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Society has become so judgemental and heartless. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? He was still a human being and had family members that are hurt by his loss of life. So what if he escaped? Noone will ever know why. To torture,kill and mutilate a human being is some sick assed,perverted sh**! Hope it never happens to anyone you know or love. Justice my ASS!

    • K-100 INTERNET RADIO on April 14, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      You are an idiot

    • Gerald Hastings on April 15, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      You go bat shit crazy when someone in another country is beheaded, but your own countryman deserves to die. I despise asses like you. I hope the same happens to you.

  2. too blind to see on April 14, 2016 at 9:27 am

    justice for what

  3. Elspeth Allen on April 14, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I think it was cops. I think they found him and decided to exact some revenge for him threatening the prison guard with a sharpened toothbrush.

    His head was taken so the caliber of bullet could not be determined.

    • LaFie on April 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      I was thinking along those lines as well. It was cops or the embarrassed guards that he held up with the toothbrush shank!

  4. Christine on April 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Whoever he ran into OR expected to help him turned on him

  5. G. U. R. U. on April 15, 2016 at 9:09 am

    The police killed him

  6. cupcake333 on April 16, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    the cops did it they took the head so the bullet would not be exposed or type of bullet and he was not killed in the location the body was found either you better believe that .. this is the state of black men now days .. he was a criminal and people are probably glad hes dead but i dont wish death on no one no matter what you have done you will have your judgement day

  7. cupcake333 on April 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    the only other theorie is the kkk whom look for any opportunity to catch a black man by himself to kill him .. im so glad im a woman in this world because men get a bad rapp mostly black men

    • Josh Gilman on April 18, 2016 at 10:38 am

      I am sorry..but black people kill more blacks EVERY SEVEN MONTHS than the kkk did in their entire history. Google black activist Sixx King, also jsonline. Get informed and stop being lied to. There goes that ‘theory’.

  8. [email protected] on April 17, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Not enough info on this Story! What did the Autopsy say? what Did the scene look like? Yea They are Hiding Something!

  9. ?mouthy? on April 20, 2016 at 1:55 am

    I’m more curious than anything else. Who did it? Why? What could his killer have wanted from him?