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SILER CITY, N.C. -- A Siler City man who was reported missing last weekend died in a crash that was reported early Friday in Randolph County.

Police Lt. C.H. Johnson confirmed Jesse Lewis Maness, 24, was found dead in the wreck, which was reported shortly before 1:45 a.m. on N.C. 22 / N.C. 42 near the intersection at West Buffalo Street near Bennett.

The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Troopers tell WTVD it appears Maness was driving a vehicle north on the highway when he crossed the center line, struck a DOT warning sign, went off a bridge, hit a wall and overturned in a creek.

An autopsy is planned.

No other details were immediately available.

Police on Thursday asked for the public's help in finding Maness, who had last been seen around 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 when he left a restaurant in Siler City.  Police were investigating his disappearance as a missing person case.  His family reported they had no contact with him since the night he was last seen.

Previously, police said Maness may have been driving a burgundy 1995 Chevrolet Corsica.  It was not clear if that was the vehicle Maness was driving in the crash.

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