The body of a Morehead City man reported missing on Wednesday was found Friday afternoon in the Croatan National Forest outside Havelock.

Ira Whitford, assistant emergency management director for Craven County, said searchers on foot found the body of Brian Matsumoto, 66, of Morehead City, around 2 p.m. Friday.

Whitford said the body was found 2 1/2 to 3 miles from where his vehicle was found Wednesday off N.C. 306, also known as Ferry Road, outside Havelock. A search has been underway since Wednesday evening.

“He was in the Neusiok Trail area,” Whitford said.

The Morehead City Police Department and Craven County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation of the scene where Matsumoto was found.

“They have a process they have to go through,” said Whitford. “They have a process with every death investigation. Everything has to be processed, so to speak. They are on the scene where he was found.”

Authorities do not consider his death a homicide.

Many volunteers turned out to search for Matsumoto, a Crystal Coast water sports enthusiast.

“We have had upwards to around 70 people at different times, including the Marines from Cherry Point, numerous volunteers, family, several of the volunteer fire departments and the Salvation Army,” said Whitford.

A helicopter from the N.C. Highway Patrol was also involved in the search.

“The biggest majority of the search was done by foot,” said Whitford. “We have also had kayakers out in the edge of the river and the creek checking those areas along with North Carolina Marine Fisheries and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission with boats checking shoreline in the river, so it’s been water and land and from the air.”

Dog teams from Brunswick County and the Morehead City Police Department searched.

“They gave us help ruling out areas,” Whitford said.

Matsumoto was reported missing Wednesday evening. The veteran and retired U.S. Postal Service worker frequently went on hikes on the Neusiok Trail on bike and on foot.

Family members and friends gathered at the Harlowe Volunteer Fire Department Friday afternoon where they received word of Matsumoto’s death.