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Missing teen found dead in wrecked vehicle

By Chelsea Ellsworth
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:29:01 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2014 10:39:59 PM CDT
BERTIE COUNTY -

A teen who went missing last week was found dead in a wrecked vehicle in Bertie County, investigators said.

The Bertie County Sheriff's Office said Sunday night that 18-year-old Dylan Lee Cullipher's body, along with his vehicle, were found partially submerged in a pond along Highway 17 near Windsor.

According to investigators, Cullipher was driving on the Highway 17 bypass, 4 miles east of Windsor, when he over-corrected his vehicle, causing it to overturn several times before coming to a rest in the pond.

Neither drug nor alcohol were suspected to be related to the wreck, said investigators.

The Sheriff's Office said Cullipher was last seen alive leaving the Midway area of Bertie County at about 11:45 p.m. Friday.

Friends said Cullipher was a recent graduate of Bertie Early College High School and wanted to go to North Carolina State University to study science. They said he was a joy to be around.

"With me being a teen and everything, I've never lost anyone close to me before," said Brent Dickerson, who attended school and church with Cullipher. "He was the guy [who] laughed the most."

Friends said funeral arrangements for Cullipher are on hold until the medical examiner completes an autopsy.

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The Bertie County Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing teen.

Dylan Lee Cullipher, 18, was last seen leaving the Midway area of Bertie County at about 11:45 p.m. Friday.

He is described as 6'1" and weighs about 300 pounds. He has blond hair, one brown eye and one green eye. Cullipher was last seen wearing a navy blue t-shirt with a Hurley logo, khaki shorts and flip-flops.

Cullipher drives a 2003 silver Jeep Liberty with North Carolina registration VRV-4482.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sheriff John Holley at Bertie County Sheriff's Office at 252-794-5330.