Body ID'd, found during search for missing man in east Mecklenburg Co.

Police launch investigation after officials find body under home
(Joseph Muller | WBTV)
(Joseph Muller | WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police are investigating the homicide of a missing man after finding his body under a home in East Mecklenburg. Thursday afternoon, police confirmed Richard Hable was found dead. The body was positively identified by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Hable's body was found during the search for him in east Mecklenburg County early Thursday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Richard Allen Hable, 47, was reported missing at 10:43 a.m. on August 20. The reporting person told officers Hable had not been seen since since May.

The person told police Hable was last seen at his home on the 7500 block of Bondhaven Drive, which is near Albemarle Road.

Around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, police said they found remains under a home in the 7500 block of Bondhaven Drive. The body was then sent to the Medical Examiner's Office to be identified.

Neighbors in the area say Hable was "an OK guy when he was on his meds but when he didn't take them, he would get into fights with neighbors."

During the investigation Wednesday, detectives said they developed information that leads them to believe foul play was involved in Hable's disappearance. At the time, they added that they are concerned for his well being.

Police went to the home late Wednesday "looking for evidence related to the case," according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police PIO Keith Trietley. WBTV was at the scene where officers had the road taped off as they looked in and around the house.

A next door neighbor said in the morning he didn't think the body would be Hable.

"No smell, no nothing and from what they said they dug for like four hours to get him out of the ground from up under his trailer somebody would have had to see something.  And I sit on my porch all the time," Kenneth Wright said.


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