WADESBORO, N.C. -- The Anson County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday they've made an arrest in the mid-November murder of a man whose body was found on the side of a roadway.

Anson County authorities have charged Quamaine Lee Massey, 18, of Marshville, with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 42-year-old Keith Jerome Whisnant.

Massey was picked-up by authorities in Union County on a number of felony charges. He's also being held under no bond for the first-degree murder charge and armed robbery he now faces out of Anson County.

The Anson County Sheriff's Office was called out to U.S. Highway 742 North after a report of a car in a ditch around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

When deputies arrived on scene that discovered 42-year-old Keith Jerome Whisnant dead from a gunshot wound to the chest outside of the vehicle.

Whisnant, of Ocean Isle Beach, was traveling to Johnson City, Tennessee, according to authorities. At some point, investigators believe he picked up a passenger. The Sheriff's Office says they believe Whisnant picked up Massey that night.

One passing motorist told investigators he saw what appeared to be two people struggling in the front seat of the 2000 silver Ford Focus as it sat in the ditch.

There was no sign of a second person at the scene when officers arrived.

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