UPDATE: Man arrested after missing man's body found in northwest Charlotte

- Police have made an arrest after a missing man's body was found in the woods Friday morning in northwest Charlotte. 

Officers with the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police Department have charged Carico R. Hayward, 28, with the murder of Ellis Bradham, 27. 

At about 10:55 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, a man's body was found lying the woods in the 9500 block of Bellhaven Boulevard with an apparent gunshot wound, police said. 

Bradham was reported missing by his family on Monday, Dec. 19. His sister, Kenya Smith, told Charlotte-Mecklenburg police that her brother was at an apartment visiting friends on Sunday, Dec. 18.

She said that her brother left the apartment around 1 p.m. and had not been seen or heard from since, according to police.

Officials said Hayward and Bradham knew each other.  

The investigation is ongoing. 

 

 

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