A homicide investigation is underway after a body was found near woods in Hickory Saturday morning.
WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, reported that the body was found on River Road off of Highway 321. According to the Catawba County sheriff, the case “appears to be a homicide.”
The sheriff said a homeowner came home and spotted the body off of the side of the road.
The Hickory Daily Record reported the victim was a Hispanic man. The homeowner initially thought the man had suffered from a heart attack, the paper reported.
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Deputies are trying to find out if the body was dumped at the scene, according to the sheriff.
No more information has been released by authorities.
Hickory is about an hour northwest of Charlotte.
LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS