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Body of Knightdale man found inside car

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DUNN — The Harnett County Sheriff’s office has identified a man found dead in a car Wednesday outside Dunn.

The body of Leonte Burnette Francis Mercer, 18, of Knightdale, was found in a car near the intersection of Johnson and Wake Streets in Dunn. The car was at the end of a dirt path. A passerby saw the man in the car and called authorities.

Maj. Aaron Meredith with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said the case is being investigated as a suspicious death, but foul play is not expected.

Meredith said the case is being considered an isolated incident and it appears there are no other parties involved in the death.

Those with information on the case can call the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office at 910-893-9111.