New York Daily News By Alfred Ng Posted Sun., April 24, 2016
A North Carolina inmate who escaped prison using a toothbrush shank was found decapitated two weeks after escaping.
Kelvin Singleton’s headless body was discovered April 7 by a hunter walking through the woods in Bertie County, 15 miles from the Chowan County Detention Center. He was naked and his body was partly decomposed.
Authorities identified the body on Tuesday, and were still searching for the escaped inmate’s missing head, Chowan County sheriff Dwayne Goodwin told the Daily News.
The beheading remains a mystery to investigators.
“We have interviewed a ton of people,” Goodwin said. “We don’t have a motive or anything at this point — no suspect, no motive.”
Singleton’s headless body had been in the open field near Ashland Church Road for about a week, Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald.
Singleton escaped on March 29, after he carved a shank out of a toothbrush and forced a guard to release him.
The 26-year-old had been behind bars for robbing an Edenton tobacco store at gunpoint and speeding off in the clerk’s car in January, police said. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, attempted kidnapping and larceny of a motor vehicle.
Chowan sheriff’s deputies tried finding him using search dogs shortly after his escape, and also looked for him in Charlotte, where his mother and children live, WAVY10 reported.