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Catawba County authorities launched a homicide investigation after discovering a dead body inside a burning car Thursday in rural Sherrills Ford.
Sheriff Coy Reid said investigators are searching for leads in a situation where he thinks foul play was involved.
Sheriffâ€™s deputies first discovered the body about 9:30 a.m. Thursday after a local landowner stumbled upon a smoldering vehicle on a backwoods path off Hopewell Church Road.
The body, which has yet to be identified, will be removed from the vehicle and sent to the medical examinerâ€™s office for an autopsy, Reid said.
â€śWe do believe we know who it is,â€ť Reid said, adding that the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office has not yet released the deceased person's name.
Pick up Friday's print edition of The Observer News Enterprise for a full report.