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Body believed to be missing Charlotte man found in Union County

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Chris Dozier discusses the discovery of remains police believe belong to a missing Charlotte man.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Chris Dozier discusses the discovery of remains police believe belong to a missing Charlotte man. lvsmith@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police believe they found the body of a missing Charlotte man Friday, a day after the man’s roommate was accused of his death.

Officials found the possible remains of 28-year-old Eric Spells shortly before 11 a.m. in Wesley Chapel, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Chris Dozier said. The department is waiting for medical examiners to positively identify the remains.

Spells was reported missing Wednesday after he didn’t show up to work following an argument he had with his roommate, 28-year-old Dwayne Bryan Evans, police said.

Police found evidence Spells was killed at his home in northwest Charlotte, officials said, and Evans was charged with murder Thursday.

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Dwayne Evans, 28, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his housemate, police said. Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Investigators searched for Spells’ body in York County, S.C., on Thursday, but were unable to find him.

Two other men, 31-year-old Jason Connell Palmer and 32-year-old Shavonn Lanique Scott, were arrested in connection with the case. They were both charged with accessory after the fact to murder, after police accused them of helping Evans dump the body.

Police didn’t provide detail on the body’s condition, motive, or cause of death.

LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS
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