2013-01-09 / Local & State

Police Search For Clues In Soldier’s Shooting

Composite sketch released in North Carolina murder
STAFF REPORT

Officials with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina released a composite sketch last Thursday of a man detectives are interested in speaking with regarding the December shooting death of former Franklin County resident Robert Devitto.

Law enforcement officials described the man seen in that area as a white male in his 20s with a fair complexion and scruffy reddish facial hair. At the time of the incident, the man was wearing camouflage and an orange hat.

Police also announced last week as part of their ongoing investigation that at least two others vehicles may have been parked in the vicinity of Devitto’s truck. One such vehicle is a green mid-1990s or early 2000s Dodge extended-cab truck.

Devitto, 26, was found by friends after he failed to return home from a duck hunting trip on North Carolina gamelands located on Lower River Road near the intersection of Gunther Road. At the time of his discovery at 8:15 p.m. on December 18, Devitto had suffered buckshot wounds to both his face and chest.

He died three days later at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh after he was taken off life support.

Investigators are treating the shooting as a homicide investigation. A sheriff’s captain told television crews that investigators believe that whoever shot Devitto knew they were shooting at a person.

Devitto was a former resident of the Fort Loudon area in neighboring Franklin County. Following his graduation from James Buchanan High School, he joined the United States Army, currently serving as a staff sergeant at Fort Bragg. He completed a tour in Korea as well as combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Devitto is survived by his wife, Jaimi Devitto, and his parents and sister, who reside in Shippensburg.

A service was held Friday in Greencastle, and a burial with full military honors was scheduled for January 9 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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