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Body of slain man found in Burke woods

Law enforcement authorities in Burke County said Tuesday they have found the remains of a Caldwell County man who detectives say was shot to death nine days ago.

Two Burke County men have been charged in the case.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says its detectives, along with SBI agents, found most of the body of DamondLamont Kincaid on Monday. The remains were found about 20 feet off N.C. 105, in the Linville Gorge area. The sheriff’s office says authorities were led to the scene by David Higgins, who is charged with murdering Kincaid.

The rest of the remains were found Tuesday, about 150 yards away, officials say.

Higgins, 32, of Morganton, has been charged with murder and is jailed without bond. Jacob Dean Coley, 17, of Morganton, is charged with accessory after the fact and is jailed under $100,000 bond, the sheriff’s office says.

Kincaid, 31, was reported missing last week by relatives. Investigators say witnesses reported seeing Kincaid and Higgins together in a Hummer. Detectives searched the vehicle, which is owned by Higgins’ uncle, and say they found blood stains in the passenger seat area and two shell casings in the back seat.

Detectives say Higgins initially denied involvement. Based on a tip, authorities questioned Coley, who lives near Higgins. According to deputies, Coley said Higgins told him he had shot Kincaid. When questioned again, deputies say, Higgins led authorities to his body.

There is no word as to the motive for Kincaid’s death. Deputies say they believe he was killed early Aug. 11.

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