Body of missing Winston-Salem man found during search

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The body of a Winston-Salem man who was missing for a month was found Wednesday during an organized ground search involving 60 police officers and dozens of volunteers, according to a press release

Asst. Chief Barry Rountree with the Winston-Salem Police Department said the body of 49-year-old Curtis Anthony Porter was found shortly after 12:30 p.m. in a wooded ravine behind the Miracle Temple Apostolic Church at 612 Kinard Drive. 

Porter’s cause of death was not released as of Wednesday afternoon. Medical examiners are investigating and must officially confirm the body’s identity.

Porter, who suffers from a mental impairment, was reported missing on the afternoon of Sept. 22. The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert, saying Porter had last been seen around 1 a.m. at his home at 3200 Old Greensboro Road.

Wednesday’s search, which marked the third that was organized in an effort to find Porter, involved about 60 police officers along with between 20 and 25 volunteers, Rountree said.  Officers and volunteers divided into groups before sweeping a 2 to 3-mile radius near where Porter was last seen.

Before beginning the search, Rountree said their goal was “still to find him alive and well.” 

On Oct. 7, police said they had checked several downtown locations where they initially believed Porter might be, but found nothing. The department’s Criminal Investigation Division began looking into Porter’s disappearance on Oct. 10 due to the length of time he had been missing and the lack of search results, Rountree said.

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