LOWGAP — The body discovered Thursday morning off of N.C. 89 has been identified as that of 38-year-old Allen Leon Binns Sr., who had been missing since Saturday night.
Surry County Sheriff Sheriff Jimmy Combs confirmed Friday that officials at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have positively identified the remains. However, the case is still open as the circumstances surrounding his death are probed.
“We have not received the cause of death,” the sheriff said. “Investigators will continue to work this case like any criminal investigation until a cause is determined.”
According to John Shelton, Surry County EMS director and medical examiner, a cause should be found after more testing is completed.
Binns had been missing since Saturday, when he was last seen shopping at the Red Stripe Exxon station in Pilot Mountain at the intersection of U.S. 52 and N.C. 268 around 9:30 p.m.
A few minutes later, he pulled off U.S. 52 onto Cook School Road and stopped at the Blue Mountain Convenience Store at 9:36 p.m.
It was an hour later when the silver Accord was involved in a crash at 10:40 p.m. near the Palomino Mountain Ranch in Lowgap, which is 23 miles west of the Blue Mountain store.
According to the sheriff, the vehicle had sustained only minor damage, and the car was unoccupied when discovered. Authorities have not released additional details regarding the accident.
Since Binns was last seen in the Pilot Mountain area, and his car was found in Lowgap, investigations took place in both locations, leading authorities to discover his body Thursday morning.