Human remains found in Brunswick County identified as missing teen

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Al'Quon Flowers. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Center for Missing Persons.
Al’Quon Flowers. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Center for Missing Persons.

Human remains found in Brunswick County earlier this month have been confirmed as those of a Wilmington teen, who was reported missing in 2011.

The remains of a person found in a wooded area off Hooper Road in Leland on Nov. 5 have been identified as 18-year-old Al’Quon Flowers through a pathology report from East Carolina University in Greenville, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

Wilmington police have been investigating the missing person case since Flowers was reported missing on July 19, 2011, said Wilmington Police Department Detective Kevin Tully, the lead investigator on the case.

Flowers was last seen at about 3 p.m. in the area of Red Cross Street in Wilmington, according to the Center for Missing Persons website. Foul play was suspect in his disappearance.

Members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms participated along with Wilmington detectives in the search on Nov. 5, Tully said. Detectives and federal investigators were led to the area by a federal inmate, 26-year-old Alan Johnson, who was a primary suspect in Flowers’ disappearance, Tully added.

At the time the remains were found in Brunswick County, investigators were not sure the remains were human, Flax said. The sheriff’s office has been investigating since.

Check back for more details on this developing story.