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Sheriff Neil Elks announces Monday during a news conference the arrests of three people in a homicide after a body was found at a farm off Galloway Road near Grimesland early Sunday. (Kristin Zachary/The Daily Reflector)
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Sheriff Neil Elks announces Monday during a news conference the arrests of three people in a homicide after a body was found at a farm off Galloway Road near Grimesland early Sunday. (Kristin Zachary/The Daily Reflector)

Body discovered; three arrested

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Three people have been arrested in connection with a body located Sunday in wooded area near Grimesland.

Lester Gordan Drake, 60, and his brother, Harold James Drake, 53, both of Grifton, are in custody along with Nakijah Latifa Howard, 29, of Ithaca, N.Y., the Pitt County Sheriff's Office announced Monday morning.


Warrants have been obtained charging the three with first-degree murder. The man's body was found after deputies received a tip Saturday afternoon. The man has not been identified, but deputies believe he is from New York, officials said at news conference.

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