On Tuesday just before 10:00 a.m., detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division were in the 600 block of Peters Creek Parkway conducting a follow up investigation on a missing person case. While in the area, one of the detectives noticed a foul odor in the vicinity of Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street. The detective recognized the odor to be that of decomposition, and after a brief search, located a body down a steep embankment near the intersection. The steep embankment was covered in heavy vegetation, and the body was not visible from either Peters Creek Parkway or Academy Street. The corpse was subsequently identified as that of 30 year-old Devin Ryan Moncus of Newsome Street in Mount Airy.
The area was secured and detectives began an investigation into the discovery. With the assistance of members of the Winston-Salem Fire Department, the body was recovered from the precarious location so that the investigation could begin. Mr. Moncus’ next of kin has been notified by authorities and the investigation into his death is in the very early stages. The preliminary investigation has yielded no immediate indications of foul play.
In regards to the original missing person investigation underway by authorities, detectives continue their efforts to locate Larry Brian Haynes. Mr. Haynes was last seen leaving Forsyth Medical Center on June 09, 2014. Mr. Haynes is known to frequent the area of Peters Creek Parkway and will likely be traveling on foot. A Silver Alert has been issued for Mr. Haynes based on medical issues he is known to suffer, and the family of Mr. Haynes continues to assist authorities in their attempts to locate Mr. Haynes. Authorities have no reason to believe that the death of Devin Moncus and the disappearance of Larry Brian Haynes are related.
Anyone with information regarding the death of Devin Ryan Moncus or the whereabouts of Larry Brian Haynes is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 336/727-2800.
You can read CCD’s initial coverage of Haynes’ disappearance HERE.