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Man arrested after body found at Hickory motel

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Ricky Allen Payne, 40, of Hickory

HICKORY, N.C. — Hickory police said they’ve arrested a man in connection to a suspicious death involving a woman’s body found underneath a motel bed.

WSOC reported that Ricky Allen Payne, 40, of Hickory, was charged Saturday night in the death of 48-year-old Loretta Joyce Chadwick of Hickory.

Authorities said the body of the victim was found at the Motel 6 on Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard on Friday after a motel guest described smelling a foul odor.

Investigators were at the motel Friday trying to determine how the woman died.

Payne has been charged with first-degree murder, resist obstruct and delay an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Payne’s first court appearance is planned for Monday in Newton.

Source: WSOC