Suspect charged in death of missing NC minister

Matthew John Reed, 36, is charged in connection to the death of Kent Torrey Hickson. (Images: WTVD-TV)

Matthew John Reed, 36, is charged in connection to the death of Kent Torrey Hickson. (Images: WTVD-TV)

DURHAM, N.C. — A suspect is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a missing 71-year-old priest from Durham.

WTVD-TV reported that Matthew John Reed, 36, is charged in connection to the death of Kent Torrey Hickson.

Hickson’s body was found early Sunday morning in a heavily wooded area of Eno River State Park. He had been missing since Monday.

The State Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead on the case because Hinkson was found in a state park.

Investigators have not released many details, but a park ranger at Eno River State Park told ABC11 that Reed led authorities to Hinkson’s body.

Read full story: WTVD-TV

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