Missing Bakersville Man Found Deceased

Joshua Emmanuel Buchanan, age 26, was last seen at his home in Bakersville on September 22, 2016.
Joshua Emmanuel Buchanan, age 26, was last seen at his home in Bakersville on September 22, 2016.

BAKERSVILLE — Authorities believe they have located the body of a Bakersville man who was recently reported missing in a shallow grave.

Detectives and officers with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are on the scene of a location off White Oak Road which contains, what they believe, is a shallow grave containing the deceased body of missing Joshua Emmanuel Buchanan.

Until the shallow grave and its contents are carefully unearthed by detectives, they will not positively confirm that it is, in fact, a body, or that it is the body of Mr. Buchanan, but are expecting the worst.

Detectives suspect Mr. Buchanan’s death is far from accidental and that he was murdered.

Arrest warrants for Felony Second Degree Kidnapping have been secured for two suspects, Felicia Fox and Travis Bowman, who are believed to be connected with his disappearance. Detectives believe the suspects have fled the state and may be in Georgia.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. Additional information regarding this case will be made available as it is released to the public.

Joshua Emmanuel Buchanan, age 26, was reported missing on October 2, 2016.


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  1. So sad! R.I.P. young man. God Bless his family and friends during this time of mourning.

  2. I can’t believe this Me and him was real good friends thru school. Very musically talented and mechanically talented he could fix anything this breaks my heart. Rest in peace little brother.

  3. Such a sad outcome. Hopefully this family can get some closure now and the 2 that did this horrific crime can be brought to justice. Prayers.

  4. they arrested the two connected to his murder

  5. Yes, but the only charge so far is the kidnapping. The investigation has to be completed before they can further the murder charges. Unfortunate for the family then it’s going to take a long time… It only prolongs closure for them 🙁 prayers to the family and friends

  6. Felicia Fox has been charged with murder. Haven’t heard if Travis Bowman has been as of yet.

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