The body found on Tuesday, July 13 in Lincoln County has been identified. The deceased is 37-year-old William Buster McCarter of Lincolnton. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers are investigating his death as a homicide.
The investigation began when a suspicious vehicle was found off the roadway in a secluded wooded area near Smith Farm Road in Lincolnton. Two men who were training a hunting dog called 9-1-1 when they saw the vehicle in the woods. The car was unoccupied. Deputies searched the area with the help of a K-9 Officer and found the body of a then unidentified man. The vehicle was registered to a man who had been reported missing on July 7 of this year.
The body was sent to the medical examiner’s office at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem for an autopsy. The medical examiner identified the body as Mr. McCarter. The medical examiner is continuing the investigation into the cause of death.
Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.