Investigators Say Man's Body Found With Belt Around His Neck
SALISBURY, NC -- Authorities are investigating a possible homicide in Rowan County after a man's body was found with a belt wrapped around his neck. According to deputies, they received a call for service on Stokes Ferry Road around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
An employee of ABC Professional Tree Service found the body while mowing in the area. The worker said he had located a person hanging from a tree just inside the wood line. The body appeared to be a male, who was found to be sitting on the ground with a belt wrapped around his neck. The belt was also tied to a branch of a pine tree approximately six feet from the ground.
Investigators say it appears that over the course of time, the body had settled and come to rest on the ground. It was apparent to authorities that the body had been there for sometime.
The body appeared to have red facial hair, a cross necklace around the neck, wearing a gray hoodie & blue jeans, with Timberland boots on the feet. The Rescue Squad was called to transport the body, which was later sent for an autopsy.
There was no identification located on the body. Investigators are checking all open missing person cases in the region, but no match has yet been developed.
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