Human remains found near elementary school believed to be missing Charlotte man

Human remains found Thursday afternoon behind a north Charlotte elementary school are believed to be that of missing 25-year-old Sam Davis, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Investigators said the remains were found about 2:51 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area off the 4900 block of Hucks Road, near Croft Community Elementary School. A teacher was retrieving a ball that had gone over a fence while students were playing outside and found the body, police said.

“My heart dropped," said Justine Mcevoy, who lives across the street. “It’s very scary considering I walk my children out here, I walk at night and it’s a safe neighborhood.”

No students observed the remains.

Davis was reported missing in that area on July 3, 2018. He was last seen leaving the house on foot carrying a mini skateboard with green wheels that he used for transportation.

"It’s so disturbing and unfortunate for that family,” said Mcevoy. 

Detectives said they found no physical signs of trauma. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

CMS sent this statement to parents Friday: 

This is Principal Morris with an important message about our school. You may have seen a police presence near our campus as officers conduct an investigation nearby.  We have just learned from CMPD officers that the case involves an adult missing person, whose remains were found in a wooded area near the school yesterday. Please know and share with your students if asked that there has been no threat to our school and all of our students and staff are safe. Out of an abundance of caution only, you may see increased safety measures. We have counseling support available should anyone need this support.  I do not have further details available about this investigation. This matter does not involve threats to students or staff of our school. I repeat that law enforcement has advised no threat to the safety and well-being of our students and staff. I appreciate your support and for being involved with your child’s education at Croft Community School.