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July 01, 2022

Body found believed to be that of missing man

Investigators believe a body found this week is that of a Hiddenite man reported missing in late February.

On Monday, March 21, 2022, decomposed human remains were located in the Hiddenite Community of Alexander County, stated Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman in a press release. The remains were found in a wooded area located approximately thirty yards off of Sulphur Springs Road. It is estimated that the body has been deceased for a number of weeks. Due to the level of decomposition, an identification was not possible at first.

The body was discovered by members of the Hiddenite Volunteer Fire Department. These members were assisting in the ground search for a missing person, Kenneth Dale Walker, W/M, age 54, who was reported missing on February 24, 2022. During the search, Fire Department members located the remains and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

The remains were discovered approximately ¼ mile away from the missing person’s residence on Sulphur Springs Road.

UPDATE:

On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, an autopsy was performed at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  Preliminary results have indicated that the remains located in the Hiddenite Community on March 21, 2022 are the remains of Kenneth Dale Walker, W/M, age 54 of Hiddenite, NC.

Sheriff Bowman would like to thank the Hiddenite Fire Department for their assistance in this matter.

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

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