The Wake County Sheriff’s Office says it has identified the man whose remains were found late last week in the woods off Interstate 540.
Deputies have not yet determined if foul play was a factor in the death of Luke Sloane Clark, whose partially decomposed body was found Friday night by a motorist walking to find a repair shop after his car broke down on Interstate 540.
Clark’s remains were located in a wooded area 15 to 20 feet from the guardrail just west of Falls of Neuse Road, according to sheriff’s spokesman John Jones.
Clark, 39, was wearing a black short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans, and officers found a paracord bracelet near the body. His hair was in a ponytail, and he appeared to have had hip surgery.
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State records show that Clark was a native of Eugene, Ore. He died a relatively short distance from several places in North Raleigh where had lived over the years, on Maple Ridge Road, Shanda Drive and North Bend Drive, state records show.
Clark also lived for a brief period in Garner. In 1999, Clark’s life was derailed when he was charged with nine counts of felony breaking and entering. State records show he was convicted of at least six of the offenses and sentenced to three years probation.
In 2005 and 2007 Clark was convicted of assault on a female. He also appeared to have begun struggling with homelessness in 2007. Arrest warrants in 2007 began to list his address as “Anywhere, Raleigh,” and at the men’s shelter on South Wilmington Street, according to court records.