NEW HANOVER – Earlier this afternoon, Detectives arrested 43-year old Richard John Schouten III. Mr. Schouten, a resident of New Hanover County, is charged with concealment/failure to report a death, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
This arrest is the latest development in the investigation of the body that was recovered in the Carolina Beach State Park on December 17, 2009. Detectives later identified they body to be Joshua Bryant Hines, 26 years old of Greenville, NC. Although the preliminary autopsy found no signs of trauma the cause of death remains unknown.
Schouten, scheduled for first appearance tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in Court Room 317, is being held at the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond.
Additional information will be provided as Detectives continue their investigation.