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A weeklong search for a missing Bladen County man ended Sunday when his body was found in a wooded area near his home. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said there wasn’t any indication of foul play.

Edward Huntington Lewis, who was 27, was found Sunday near the Cape Fear River in an area that had flooded earlier in the week because of heavy rains. Volunteers found Lewis’ body after the water had receded.

Lewis lived in a house located on N.C. 87 in the East Arcadia community. He was reported missing March 7.

Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw confirmed the identification of Lewis and said an autopsy will be performed.

“This is a sad ending to the search for Hunter, as he was known by his friends and family,” McVicker said. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.

“We appreciate all the help we received from community volunteers and others involved. Monica Caison and her (Community United Effort) Center volunteers helped tremendously in the search and provided tracking teams from this area and from as far away as Darlington County, South Carolina.”

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