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Man who vanished from bar is found dead along NC highway

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Weston Vandermerwe (right) with his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Holmes. Weston Vandermerwe (right) with his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Holmes.
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RALEIGH, NC -

Raleigh police are looking for the driver who hit and killed an East Carolina University graduate.

DOT crews found the body of 23-year-old Weston Vandermerwe Tuesday afternoon off I40 near Hammond Road in Wake County. Crews were painting the road and cleaning the shoulder when they stumbled across the body.

Police say his death is being investigated as a hit-and-run collision.

Vandermerwe was last seen over the weekend after he was seen leaving The Oxford bar on Fayetteville Street, not far from Memorial Auditorium.

Vandemerwe, a recent East Carolina University graduate who attended high school in Apex, left The Oxford with his girlfriend, who said Vandemerwe had been drinking.

 Kaitlyn Holmes said the two of them got into an argument outside the bar, which led to her leaving in a cab.

Holmes reported she last she saw him walking down the street.

Family members weren't able to speak after the police announced they'd identified Vandermerwe's body, but friends have been taking to social media with messages of support and point to the outpouring of support, as an indicator of the kind of person he was.

Vandermerwe was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity while at ECU.

As Vandemerwe's family plans a funeral in Raleigh, 80 miles away his former classmates and teachers are also trying to cope.

Dr. Amy McMillan traveled to the Netherlands with Weston in 2011 as part of an ECU study abroad program.

"There are so many students that we have here on this campus and as a faculty member they come and go. But you know that you've really met someone special when they stick with you and when you remember them two years later. You know? And that was Weston," McMillan said.

There's a saying, "Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate." In this case those words never rang more true.

"It's very hard for a lot of people. I'm sure it's going to be a very big funeral and a lot of support. And I mean, even just the support from our fellow Greeks here and fellow pirates has been incredible. Anytime someone falls, everyone's around to help pick each other up and move forward," said Kyle Fulk, Vandermerwe's fraternity brother.

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