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Death investigation underway after body found in Catawba River
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Death investigation underway after body found in Catawba River

Death investigation underway by sheriff's office

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Editor’s note: This story was updated Friday afternoon to reflect a change in information provided by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

A death investigation is underway after a body was found Friday morning in the Catawba River.

The body was found by people duck hunting on the river shortly before 10 a.m., said Capt. Brad Browning with Burke County EMS. It was found some distance upriver from the spillway at the Morganton Water Filtration Plant.

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Sheriff Steve Whisenant said in a press release Friday that the body, which was that of an unidentified male, appears to have been there for about 10 days.

The cause of death has yet to be determined.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Morganton Department of Public Safety, Burke County Rescue Squad and medical examiner’s office all have assisted with the case.

More information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

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