DURHAM, N.C. — A new search warrant application says the body of a missing North Carolina man may have been fed to hogs.
WRAL-TV reports 26-year-old Charleston Prentice Goodman was last seen in January when witnesses say he argued with several people before being shoved into a minivan.
Authorities recently applied for a search warrant to obtain data from his cell phone. The warrant says someone saw Goodman's body in that same van days later.
It says an informant told police a drug dealer believed Goodman stole cocaine from him.
According to unsealed documents, the informant said he heard Goodman was caught on video stealing cocaine from the dealer, WNCN reported. Goodman allegedly converted the drugs into cash, the television station reported.
Armed with evidence of Goodman's alleged theft of the cocaine bricks, the dealer allegedly hired a crew to kidnap him, WRAL reported, citing a confidential informant in court documents. The crew included a former friend of Goodman, a different informant said.
Goodman's mother told WNCN she heard her son crying for help.
"I saw my son being shoved into the van," Tammie Goodman told the television station. "He was fighting with everything he had. He was saying, 'Who are you, what do you want with me?’ and then when he realized I was out there he started saying, 'Mama, go back in the house, lock the door, lock the door.'"
That informant says Goodman's body was stored at an unknown location, but another informant told officers Goodman's body "is believed to have been fed to hogs."
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