— A 36-year-old man has been taken into custody in the death of Kent Torrey Hinkson, the Anglican priest in Durham who was reported missing a week ago. [Hinkson served in the PCA for many years before transferring his ordination two years ago.]

Matthew Reed has been charged with first-degree murder and is in the Orange County Jail, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker.

Hinkson’s body was found in Eno River State Park in Orange County early Sunday morning and has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

“Due to the SBI being in the very early stages of the investigation, this is all the information I am able to release at this time,” Walker said in an email.

The SBI has jurisdiction because Hinkson’s body was found on state property. The Durham Police Department is assisting with the investigation.

Hinkson’s family first reported a suspect was in custody on its website.

“It is with the most profound sadness imaginable, we wanted to let you know that the body of our beloved father, spouse and grandfather – Kent Torrey Hinkson was found late last night,” the family’s message said. “A suspect is in custody. We learned of this on early Sunday morning, August 10th. Given the ongoing investigation, we cannot provide any further comment.”

Hinkson, 71, was last seen at his home in the Woodcroft community in southern Durham on Monday around 3 p.m.

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2 Responses to Man Charged in Death of Former PCA Pastor

  1. John Hinkson says:

    Kent Torrey Hinkson pastored in Ca. , Tx. and Il. also.

    • Lauren M. says:

      He was my pastor in TX, a wonderful man. His wife was my teacher and I grew up around his children. I have never known a better pastor, and the details of his life and death only show that we all have struggles, but they in no way take away from the amazing life this man led, or how he touched the lives of others.

      I miss you so much, Pastor Kent.