Badly decomposed body found in woods near elementary school identified

It is estimated that the body has been dead for a number of weeks. Due to the level of decomposition, identification has not been made.
Published: Mar. 22, 2022 at 6:01 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2022 at 11:03 AM EDT
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HIDDENITE, N.C. (WBTV) - Deputies say a badly decomposed body was found in the woods near an elementary school during the search for a missing man in Alexander County Monday has been confirmed.

According to Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, the badly decomposed body of 54-year-old Kenneth Dale Walker was found in a wooded area located approximately 30 yards off of Sulphur Springs Road.

It is estimated that Walker had been dead for a number of weeks.

Walker’s body was discovered by members of the Hiddenite Volunteer Fire Department. These members were assisting in the ground search for him. He was reported missing on Feb. 24, 2022.

54-year-old Kenneth Dale Walker was reported missing on Feb. 24, 2022.
54-year-old Kenneth Dale Walker was reported missing on Feb. 24, 2022.(Alexander County Sheriff's Office)

During the search, Fire Department members located the remains and contacted the sheriff’s office. His remains were discovered approximately ¼ mile away from his home.

An autopsy was scheduled and conducted on Wednesday, March 23.

If you have any information in reference to this case, please contact the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at (28-632-1111 or 828-632-2911, or Alexander County Crimestoppers at 828-632-8555.

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