Hunters discovered the body of a school principal, accused of raping a child, in a wooded area in Orange County, North Carolina, Friday, authorities have announced.
A deer camera caught footage of Richard Omar Knight, 35, walking through woods nearly 100 miles away from Goldsboro, where he had worked at Dillard Academy Charter School, ABC 11 reported.
Knight, from Smithfield, was suspended after he was accused of having sexual relations with a 12 year-old-girl on campus, the Goldsboro Police Department reported.
Authorities secured a warrant Friday for statutory rape, a sex act with a student, and indecent liberties with a student.
But police didn’t know the teacher had already traveled to Orange County. He was captured walking on the deer camera footage at about 12.30 a.m. Friday, local outlet WRAL reported. He is thought to have died later from a self-inflicted injury.
Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told Goldsboro police they had found Knight’s body at 3.45 p.m. Friday, the Goldsboro department stated. Investigations into his alleged crimes continue.
“This has had a devastating effect on the school and the school community as a whole,” Hilda Hicks, executive director of Dillard Academy, told WRAL. “I can safely say this is the most difficult school day that we’ve ever had.”