Crime & Courts

Female body found off Rowan County road

Authorities are trying to determine the identity of a female whose body was found Friday on the side of Leonard Road in Rowan County.

About 6:30 a.m., a driver called Rowan County 911 after seeing the body off to the side of the road in the 3000 block, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said. Leonard Road is near High Rock Lake, east of Interstate 85.

Sheriff’s investigators and firefighters from the nearby Miller’s Ferry Fire Department were dispatched to give the female medical aid, but they found her dead.

At 10 a.m., the sheriff’s office said its investigation was in the early stages and investigators were still working the crime scene.

The sheriff’s office encouraged anyone who knows of a missing female to call sheriff’s 1st Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687 or provide information at .

This is a developing story.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak