Body found could be man wanted in NC triple homicide

Morganton triple murder

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) – Searchers have found a body that’s believed to be a man wanted in connection with a triple homicide in western North Carolina.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets that the body was found Friday evening in thick woods about a mile from Kenneth Douglas Powell’s apartment in Morganton. Authorities had identified Powell as a person of interest in the June 8 shootings.

Authorities say a revolver found beside the body will be compared with the bullets from the victims’ bodies. Sheriff Steve Whisenant also says paperwork found on the body suggests that it is Powell.

Killed were: 23-year-old Trae Ward; 57-year-old Pamela Ward; and 22-year-old Jimmy Stamey. A 2-year-old was found unharmed in the home.

Sheriff’s officials say the victims knew Powell. They haven’t determined a motive.

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