Johnston County

Smithfield police are searching for a suspect after a man was found dead in his home

Police are asking the public to help them find a suspect in a Thursday morning homicide in Smithfield.

Officers found 39-year-old David Callejas Arroyo dead in his Forbes Drive home after receiving an “unknown type call,” according to a news release from Smithfield police.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a dark complexion, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds with a full scruffy beard, the release said.

Police are asking that anyone with information contact the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121. To submit tips anonymously, people may call the tip line at 919-989-8835 or go to the Town of Smithfield website.

The News & Observer was unable to confirm how many homicides have occurred in Smithfield this year or in 2018.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has investigated four homicides this year and had nine homicides in 2018, according to Capt. Jeff Caldwell.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

Ashad Hajela reports on public safety for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He studied journalism at New York University.