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Body Found in Submerged Vehicle Linked to Missing Person

[Scott Pelkey | Randolph News Now / North State Journal]

ASHEBORO N.C. – A body found in a vehicle submerged upside down in a creek on Caraway Mountain Rd this morning has been identified as a missing person from Thomasville.

According to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10:20 am this morning, a 911 caller reported a gray Nissan upside down in Caraway Creek on Caraway Mtn. Rd., near Conference Center Dr.

Ash-Rand Rescue, Westside Fire Department, Randolph County EMS and Emergency Management all responded, and emergency crews were able to extricate the subject who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Steven Paul Soles

The Sheriff’s Office along with the NC Highway Patrol responded to investigate after the vehicle description and plate matched a missing persons case from Thomasville, NC.

Investigators confirmed the identity of the subject as 36-year-old Steven Paul Soles, who was reported missing to the Thomasville Police Department on March 14th, 2023.

“I never thought that I would lose the father of my child in this horrific way” said Kim Watson, the mother of an 18-year-old daughter with Soles in a statement to Randolph News Now, “she is very upset, and his mother and sisters are taking it very hard. I will always love him I will miss him dearly he was such a good-hearted person.”

Thomasville Police Department responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. It’s unknown if foul play is suspected at this time. Updates will be added as they are made available.