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Wake man dies after altercation

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of Edwin Barry Hughes, 49, of Wake, who died following an altercation at Bush Park Camping Resort in Wake, reported Major M.E. Sampson.

According to Sampson, deputies were dispatched to the campground just before 11 p.m. on Saturday in reference to an altercation between campground security and an individual.

Once on scene, deputies found Hughes had a pulse but was unresponsive, and called for emergency medical personnel. Hughes died early Sunday.

Hughes was pronounced dead at the hospital at about 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, said Sampson.

Sampson said that Hughes lived in a mobile home park adjacent to the campground. He had signed in at the campground to attend an event on Saturday. The altercation occurred after the event had ended. The cause of the altercation is still under investigation, said Sampson.

As of Tuesday, the lead detective on the case was awaiting the report from the State Medical Examiner. Pending that report, he will confer with Middlesex Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Hurd, said Sampson, adding that no charges have been filed at this time.

Sheriff David P. Bushey said the campground had hired private security for the event, and there were multiple security officers.

Sampson said the detective has been in contact with some of Hughes’ family and friends. “We are really trying to concentrate on bringing this to a head and getting it closed as soon as possible for the family, to give them closure and to give them some answers.”

Responding to a question, Sheriff Bushey said no one has come forward with video or photos of the scene. Sheriff Bushey asked anyone with information to please contact the Middlesex Crime Line at (804) 758-5600.

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posted 05.15.2013

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