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Investigation into missing man leads detectives to body

The body of Harold Dean Simpson may have been found in North Carolina (Virginia State Police)

BURLINGTON, N.C. (WSET) -- Police believe the body of a missing man from Burlington, N.C. has been found.

The Burlington Police Department said investigators received information on Friday around 6 p.m. involving the disappearance of Harold Dean Simpson that led them to the area of Totten Rd. in Caswell County.

Simpson, 84, was last seen by his family on August 18 around 10:30 a.m.

His vehicle was located in Nelson County on Monday, August 21 around 6:50 a.m. abandoned on Laurel Rd.

Investigators with the Burlington Police Dept. searched the area and found an unidentified body in a field; they said at this time, it's unknown if the body is that of Simpson's. The body has been transported to the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office for examination and identification.

During the investigation into the abandoned vehicle, police said they got a 911 call around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 22 about a shooting at a home on Laurel Rd. near Rockfish River.

Police found a 60-year-old woman with a gunshot wound and was taken to UVA hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Sean D. Castorina, 42, and Penny M. Dawson, 40, both of Burlington, N.C., were arrested in Minnesota on Thursday in connection to the shooting, but were also wanted for questioning into Simpson's disappearance.

The two will be extradited back to Virginia to face charges of malicious wounding, use of a firearm, and grand larceny of a vehicle.

Anyone with information concerning the death investigation is encouraged to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500, the Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100 or text 8398 to 274637 for a text-a-tip method.

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