A man who was a person of interest in the disappearance of a Fayetteville resident in March was killed Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Mark Allen Verhasselt, 42, of the 5200 block of Rockingham Road, was found dead in the parking lot of an apartment complex, according to a Fayetteville Police Department release. Verhasselt was named a person of interest in the disappearance of 31-year-old Charles Anthony Fuentes, who was last seen early March 3 leaving Izzy's Sports Bar at 150 Andrews Road.

Fuentes left with Verhasselt and Ryan Dewain Chavis, 23, of the 3300 block of Clemson Drive in Fayetteville. The three were in a dark-colored Lexus with N.C. license plate PCE-2228.

Police continue to look for Chavis, also a person of interest, who is believed to have information relevant to the case, the release said.

Myrtle Beach police notified Fayetteville homicide investigators of Verhasselt's death Wednesday morning. Fayetteville detectives knew Verhasselt was living part-time in Myrtle Beach, said Officer Asia Cannon, a police spokeswoman.

Verhasselt had been arrested there for drunken driving, Cannon said, but refused to cooperate with Myrtle Beach investigators when he was questioned.

Verhasselt's homicide is not related to the disappearance of Fuentes, the release said.

Fayetteville police are asking anyone with information on Fuentes' or Chavis' whereabouts to call Detective Daniel Johnson at 224-3257 or Crimestoppers at 483-TIPS (8477).

 

Staff writer Nancy McCleary can be reached at nmccleary@fayobserver.com or 486-3568.