Missing man found dead in wooded area near Wingate, N.C.

Updated: Feb. 9, 2021 at 7:03 PM EST
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UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a missing man’s body was found in a wooded area Tuesday afternoon.

A body was found before 2:30 p.m. near Santana Road and Monroe-Ansonville Road in Wingate. Investigators say the body was found in a wooded area.

The body discovered was identified as 33-year-old Joshua Tramaine Allen of Wingate. Allen was reported missing to the Marshville Police Department on Jan. 25, 2021.

Since that date, the Marshville Police Department and the Monroe Police Department have followed up on tips concerning Mr. Allen’s possible whereabouts.

The search for Allen ended Tuesday after deputies were dispatched to the area where the body was discovered at approximately 12:42 p.m.

A man operating a dump truck called 911 after his truck broke down and he pulled off the road near the area where the body was discovered.

Body Discovered near Wingate A body of an unidentified male was discovered in a wooded area near Santana Road and...

Posted by Union County Sheriff's Office, Monroe, NC on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Sheriff’s detectives and Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) responded and processed the scene.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Union County Sheriff’s detectives, the SBI, Marshville Police and Monroe Police will continue the investigation.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the sheriff’s office at 704-283-3789.

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