Woman’s body found near golf course in Morganton, man facing charges

Updated: Jul. 23, 2020 at 11:08 AM EDT
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MORGANTON, N.C. (WBTV) - A woman’s body was found near a golf course in Morganton Thursday morning and a man is facing charges in the case.

The woman’s body was found along Golf Course Road near the entrance to Mimosa Hills Golf Club.

A man, later identified as 33-year-old Joshua Kenneth Epley, has been charged with concealment of death in the case.

The victim’s name has not been released.

Investigators believe the woman died elsewhere and was moved to the spot along Golf Course Road.

They think Epley moved her.

Epley’s home, just a few hundred yards away, was searched for hours by investigators. No word on what, if anything, was found there.

The woman, who has not been identified, may have died from a drug overdose, said authorities.

“If so, it’s the fourth overdose we’ve had in the past 24 hours,” said Sheriff Steve Whisenant. “That is concerning. It’s possible that tainted drugs or illegal drugs that are too strong are in the community. Our investigators are on the streets trying to determine if there are bad drugs so we can then warn the people. Meanwhile, an autopsy will be conducted to determine the true cause of death of the woman.”

Check back for more information on this developing story.

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