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Body found by Pokemon Go player near Southern Evangelical Seminary

A body was found Saturday morning near Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College in Matthews, and Union County sheriff’s investigators said they are treating the death as suspicious.
A body was found Saturday morning near Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College in Matthews, and Union County sheriff’s investigators said they are treating the death as suspicious. WBTV

A body was found Saturday morning by a man playing Pokemon Go with his children outside Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College near Matthews.

Union County sheriff’s investigators said they are treating the death of Andrew Michael Moore, 42, as suspicious.

Moore’s body was discovered shortly before 8 a.m. in the parking lot near the front entrance to the seminary. The Pokemon Go player called 911 and EMS, first responders and sheriff’s deputies responded.

Crime scene search specialists processed the scene while sheriff’s detectives pursued leads throughout the day, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Underwood said. Investigators found no sign of a struggle at the scene and no obvious cause of death.

Moore’s last known address was in the Weddington area, Underwood said.

The sheriff’s office said it will provide no further details about the case until the medical examiner completes the autopsy.

The sheriff’s office tweeted at about 10 a.m. that the body was found on Tilley Morris Road. The seminary is in the 3000 block of the road.

Richard Land, president of the seminary, said in a statement that sheriff’s investigators told him the body of a male was found in the bushes of the island in front of the campus.

“Evidently, this person died or was killed in another location and was left on our campus,” Land stated. “The police are investigating and said their forensic investigation of the scene has concluded. They assured me there was no break-in to the SES building.”

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