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Body Found Last Month in Conover Identified

A body that was found buried at a residence on the 300 block of 4th Avenue S.W. in Conover on September 16 of this year has been identified as 54-year-old Richard Lee Morris of Conover. Mr. Morris was reported missing to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office on August 26, 2021.

Mr. Morris’ body was sent to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for an autopsy. Through a review of medical records, a positive identification was made.

The final autopsy report has not been completed and the cause of death is still unknown at this time. The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.