Winston-Salem police have reported that Darryl Hunt was found dead early Sunday morning. Hunt served nearly 20 years in prison before he was exonerated for a murder committed in 1984.
At 12:19 a.m. Sunday, police received a report of a possibly deceased person inside a vehicle on the 2800 block of University Parkway. The person was later identified as Darryl Hunt. The Criminal Investigations Division has assumed the case and more information will be released as the investigation continues.
On Saturday, Winston-Salem police issued a Silver Alert about Hunt's disappearence. He had last been seen 9 days earlier. According to the release, Hunt suffered from a medical condition that required treatment.
In an interview with WFDD in 2014, Hunt says he was haunted by the trauma of being imprisoned for so many years.
"Prison makes you dependent on it. It tells you what to do, what time to get up, what to eat and when to eat," Hunt said. "You walk to a door, you expect a door to open because you've been trained to wait and the door will open. You can't open a door on your own."
Darryl Hunt was 51 years old.
Hear Darryl Hunt in his own words from an archived interview WFDD recorded in September of 2014.