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Body found in Catawba River near Morganton. Death investigation underway.
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Body found in Catawba River near Morganton. Death investigation underway.

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A death investigation is underway after a body was found Friday morning in the Catawba River in Burke County.

The body was found by people duck hunting on the river shortly before 10 a.m., said Capt. Brad Browning with Burke County EMS. It was found upriver from the spillway at the Morganton Water Filtration Plant.

Sheriff Steve Whisenant told The News Herald that the body, which was that of a white male, appears to have been there for about two weeks.

The sheriff said it's not clear yet whether foul play is involved. The case still is under investigation.

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