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Missing Apex 23-year-old killed in hit-and-run

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Michael Vandemerwe, 23 (WTVD photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. —  A body found along westbound Interstate 40/440 in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon has been identified as a missing Apex man, WRAL reports.

The death of Weston Michael Vandemerwe, 23, is being investigated as a hit-and-run crash.

According to WRAL, a work crew found the body near a guard rail along the highway, around 4 p.m. At least 15 police officers from both Raleigh and Apex, as well as the City-County Bureau of Identification, responded to the scene before confirming it was Vandemerwe.

Vandemerwe left The Oxford bar on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, friends said. He and his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Holmes, argued outside the bar, and she got in a cab. Holmes said she assumed Vandemerwe would also take a cab home. He had left his car at a friend’s house in Cary.

Vandemerwe’s mother, said two Shaw University students told her that they saw him lying on the ground outside the convention center early Saturday, but that he declined any help.

He was reported missing Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.

Source: WRAL