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Brian Kelly Clontz

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined Brian Kelley Clontz, who went missing in February of 2015, died from multiple stab wounds to the chest and his upper left limb.

As a result, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is renewing its request for the public’s help with this ongoing murder investigation.

Clontz was last seen at his home on Phillippi Road in Julian on Feb. 9 and was first reported missing Feb. 19.

Then, on March 15, Clontz’s body was found in a wooded area less than a mile from his home. An autopsy report showed that Clontz was stabbed 26 times.

Investigators have since conducted numerous interviews and are still doing forensic testing to determine who is responsible for his death.

Sheriff BJ Barnes is asking for the public’s help in providing any additional information that may lead to the identification and arrest of the person(s) responsible for Clontz’s murder.

Anyone with additional information about this crime should call Detective Keene at (336) 641-5773 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000. Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the individual(s) responsible.