PERQUIMANS CO., N.C. (WAVY) - A construction worker is the prime suspect in a Perquimans County homicide.
Investigators arrested 19-year-old Michael Dalton Helms of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Wednesday and charged him with the murder of Chad Austin Colson, 27, of Hertford, N.C.
Colson's body was discovered in a ditch on Holiday Island Road in Perquimans County Tuesday just before noon.
Helms was staying in Holiday Island while working a job in the area, according to the Perquimans County Sheriff's Office. Investigators confronted a group of workers about the homicide and Helms reportedly took responsibility for the crime.
Helms told investigators he and Colson got into an altercation after he believed Colson lied about a narcotics transaction.
The Perquimans County Sheriff was assisted by the NC State Bureau of Investigation.
Helms is due in court on March 7, 2012. He is being held without bond.
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