NHCSO arrests man, discovers body buried in backyard

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide case after the discovery of a deceased man buried in a yard.

The victim, Lawrence Grabka, a 69-year-old man, was reported by a friend on Wednesday.

Officers responded to 5501 Myrtle Grove Road to request a welfare check. They met with Elvin Noel Baca, a 34-year-old man and Grabka’s roommate. Through forensic work by CSI and major crimes detectives, they unearthed the body and determined that Grabka was murdered and buried in a shallow grave in the backyard of the residence.

Detectives arrested Baca, a 34-year-old man, and charged him with first-degree murder and failure to report a death. He is being held at the New Hanover County Detention Center without bond.


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