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Autopsy Fails To Determine Identity Of Body Found In Alexander County

Autopsy Fails To Determine Identity Of Body Found In Alexander County

A preliminary autopsy conducted Friday (October 1) failed to reveal the identity of a body found last week south of Taylorsville. As WHKY previously reported, a body described as “badly decomposed” was found last Tuesday (September 28) in a wooded area near the intersection of County Home Road and Millersville Road.

The Alexander County Emergency Communications Center received a call about a vehicle accident on County Home Road, near the intersection of Millersville Road. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and EMS responded. The driver was transported to a local hospital. During the accident, the driver’s dog escaped the wrecked vehicle.

The driver’s brother came to the scene to wait on a wrecker. The brother stepped into a wooded area in an attempt to find the dog. While in the woods, he found a wallet. Several feet away from the wallet, he saw what appeared to be a severely decomposed human body.

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said later in the day that evidence indicated the body is that of 39-year old Jason Anthony Riddle of Stony Point. Riddle was listed as missing on September 9. The case was investigated but Riddle was never found. The wallet that was found contained documents belonging to Riddle including a North Carolina Identification card.

The body was so badly decomposed, the preliminary autopsy was not only unable to reveal the identity, it was also unable to determine the cause of death.

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]