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A pair of friends looking for lost horses found more than they expected Sunday morning when they discovered a decomposing body on the outskirts of Conover.
According to Catawba County sheriff officials, the friends were looking for horses off of Punch Loop Road that had been spooked by the recent severe weather.
Punch Loop Road runs off of U.S 70 West across from the Kmart shopping center.
Captain Joel Fish with the Catawba County Sheriff Department said the searchers found a decomposing body along a creek. The property is adjacent to I-40.
To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.