Ex-Boyfriend Arrested for Death of Missing Woman

Ex-Boyfriend Arrested for Death of Missing Woman

WILSON - Police have arrested the ex-boyfriend of Wilson woman Courtney Speight, whose body was found in a creek earlier this week.

Donald Davis was taken into custody Friday afternoon and charged with murder, police said.

Earlier Friday, the medical examiner confirmed the body found in Contentnea Creek on Wednesday belonged to Speight. Investigators used dental records to make the identification, Speight's family said.

Speight's family also said the 23-year-old woman's $109,000 life insurance listed her ex-boyfriend as the beneficiary.

Speight, who was a graduate of Farmville Central High School, was last seen just before midnight Saturday on Bruton Street.

Speight went out to see her ex-boyfriend after he wrote a disturbing message on her facebook page, her family said. The pair recently ended their four-year relationship. Speight moved out of the home they shared and into her her aunt's home on Bruton Street, her family said.

"She was scared I think she was scared of him," Speight's little sister, Carolyn Moore said.

When she didn't return home and didn't show up at the Sheetz gas station in Wilson for her shift Sunday night, her family called police.

On Wednesday morning, the police said a fisherman spotted a body in the Contentnea Creek, which runs south of Wilson. The body was found off Willow Springs Drive, between a neighborhood and a golf course. However, the body was so decomposed that investigators could not determine a gender at first.

The body was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for an autopsy.

The family said they had known all along that the body belonged to Speight, because police found a Sheetz t-shirt at the scene.  The family had identified that shirt as the one Speight was wearing the night she went missing.

The family also said Police found Speight's blue Nissan Altima near the hospital in Wilson, not far from where the body was discovered in the creek.

"Everybody loved Courtney. I just want everyone to know this is someone who is very very close to me and to just keep the Speight family in y'all's prayers," Moore said.

Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Wilson Police Department at (252) 399-2323.

Most Popular