Authorities discovered the body of 19-year-old Nick Hawkins, who disappeared Saturday after telling his mother that somebody was trying to kill him. The body was wrapped up in some sort of covering and found at an “illegal dump site” in rural Alabama.
According to WVTM13, Hawkins texted his grandmother Saturday night around 7:30PM to tell her he was heading home, but half an hour later called his mother to say someone was trying to kill him. The call cut out, however, before he was able to explain why he believed his life was in danger.
“When the family last spoke to him he stated someone was trying to harm him,” police said in a statement on Sunday.
A person of interest has been detained.
After Hawkins’ car was discovered Sunday, authorities on Tuesday arrested Joshua Adam Reese, 21, on an outstanding warrant on a separate matter, but described him as a person of interest in the teen’s disappearance.
“Nick Hawkins did name Joshua Adam Reese in the phone call to his mom, saying he was trying to kill him,” Dora Police Chief Jared Hall told WVTM13 on Tuesday.
AL.com reported Reese is awaiting trial on an unrelated attempted murder charge.
Friends of Hawkins told BuzzFeed News the teenager came out as bisexual while in high school. “He didn’t care who knew,” Sydney Rhodes, 18, said. “He would do my make up every single time I went to his house.”
“He was so fun and outgoing,” Rhodes said. “He was always there if you needed him.”
“It feels like a bad dream,” 18-year-old Candace Reeves, another old friend of Hawkins’, told BuzzFeed News. “I never thought something like this would happen to him. He never hurt anybody.”