Published On: Sun, Jan 7th, 2018

North Carolina missing man Demario Liles identified as body found in Lake Johnson

Raleigh police identified a body found in Lake Johnson Friday as a 30-year-old Durham man, linking him to a missing person report from Jan. 1.

Demario Antonio Liles, 30, was identified by authorities as the body which was initially reported as a “medical emergency,” but was later treated as a death investigation. Police stressed there is no safety concern to the public. Liles’ body was transported to Wake Medical Examiner’s Office for examination.

Liles was the subject of a missing person investigation in the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

The man’s car was found and the authorities began searching for the missing man.

Liles went to celebrate on New Year’s Eve in Raleigh and has not been heard from since. Family members told WRAL they heard from friends that Liles got in a fight, and the people he was fighting followed him out of the club.

They claimed his car was found in Raleigh about 20 minutes from the club at 4601 Avent Ferry Road and that the car was damaged.

Liles has two sons, ages 3 and 10, his family said.

“He has two boys and that’s all that really matters,” said Nieshia Liles, Demario Liles’ sister. “Nothing else. Nobody else’s feelings other than that. He has two boys and they got to look up to him. Everybody needs their daddy.”

Raleigh police say they don’t suspect foul play.

The recovery was a multi-agency effort including the Raleigh Police Department, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the Apex Fire Dive Team, the North Carolina K9 Emergency Response Team, and the Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department.

Crime Scene Tape photo/edited pic from FBI.gov


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