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'Badly decomposed body' found in Burke County ID'd as person of interest in triple homicide case

Anyone who may have seen Powell in the area of Henrys Glen Drive on Thursday evening, June 7, or the morning of June 8, is asked to contact Burke County 911 at 828-438-5500. (via Burke County Sheriff's Office) Anyone who may have seen Powell in the area of Henrys Glen Drive on Thursday evening, June 7, or the morning of June 8, is asked to contact Burke County 911 at 828-438-5500. (via Burke County Sheriff's Office)
These are two of the victims that were found dead in Burke County. This is Brianna Stamey and Trae Ward. Their child was found unharmed in the home. (Provided by Spectrum) These are two of the victims that were found dead in Burke County. This is Brianna Stamey and Trae Ward. Their child was found unharmed in the home. (Provided by Spectrum)
MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) -

Deputies have confirmed a "badly decomposed body" found in Burke County last week has been identified to be the person of interest wanted in a triple murder in Burke County . 

The body, identified as 61-year-old Kenneth Douglas Powell, was found in the woods about a mile from the man’s home.

On June 15, deputies say a badly decomposed body was discovered in heavy woods around 7:30 p.m. about 75 yards off the end of Henrys Glen Drive approximately one mile from Powell’s apartment.

A revolver was located next to the body and will be compared with the bullets from the victims’ bodies. 

The teams came together in Morganton on June 8 to look for Powell, who was seen leaving the area his apartment and had not been heard from since.

The search area was near the 100 block of Carolina Street in Morganton.

Authorities believe 22-year-old Brianna Stamey, 23-year-old Trae Ward, and Ward's mother, Renee Ward, were killed sometime on June 7.

Stamey was found in a car in the driveway, the other bodies were discovered inside the home. Trae and Brianna’s 22-month-old child was found alive inside.

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Authorities believe Powell was at the home sometime on Thursday. He knew all the victims.

Though no charges were filed, Sheriff Steve Whisnant said investigators believed Powell could have told them what happened.

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Powell had been in poor health lately and neighbors said he was taking powerful pain medication. Those neighbors said because of his health issues, he couldn’t walk very far.

Anyone who may have seen Powell in the area of Henrys Glen Drive on Thursday evening, June 7, or the morning of June 8, is asked to contact Burke County 911 at 828-438-5500.  

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