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Sheriff seeking help to identify body found hanging from tree

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

The body of a man was found hanging from a tree off Stokes Ferry Road Wednesday afternoon, now the Rowan Sheriff's Office is trying to identify the man.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the area of the 12200 block of Stokes Ferry Road at about 2:30 p.m. 

An employee of ABC Professional Tree Service, that contracts with Union Power Company, told investigators that while mowing in the area, he had located a person hanging from a tree just inside the wood line.

The body appeared to be a male, and was found to be sitting on the ground with a belt wrapped around his neck.  The belt was also tied to a branch of a pine tree approximately six feet from the ground.

It appears that over the course of time, the body had settled and come to rest on the ground.  It was apparent to investigators that the body had been there for sometime.

The body appeared to have red facial hair, a cross necklace around the neck, wearing  a gray hoodie & blue jeans, with Timberland boots on the feet.  The Rescue Squad was called to transport the body, which will be sent for an autopsy.

There was no identification located on the body.  Investigators are checking all open missing person cases in the region, but no match has yet been developed.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact the Rowan County Sheriff's Office Investigative Lieutenant, Chad Moose, by calling 704-216-8687.

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