Crews dig in search for body allegedly dumped near Kernersville

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Search crews continue to look for a body that could potentially be buried on a plot of land near Kernersville.

Investigators were on scene Friday to secure the area of Teague Lane and Ogden School Road near Kernersville following a report that a body may have been dumped in the area in January or February.

Crews brought in digging equipment Tuesday while investigators also searched through the brush by a creek on the property.

The owner of the property, Leo Whicker, told FOX8 that he had no idea something or someone would be buried on his land.

“Things happen like that, this fellow thought that this is a good place to put the man out,” he said.

He’s be monitoring the situation since finding out about what could be on his property Friday afternoon.

When asked, he said a lot of people go hunting on his land during those winter months, and that it could have been anyone out there.

“I don’t lock my gate,” he said when asked about security. “I just chain it up.”

Previously, authorities ran several cadaver dogs over the area and got positive results that a body may be there.

Forensic anthropologists from NC State, forensic investigators from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Winston-Salem police were at the scene.

Monday evening, Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough said teams had “exhausted all the mechanical leads right now like using probes.”

Deputies wrapped up the scene and ended the search just before 7 p.m. on Monday before picking back up on Tuesday.

Kimbrough said there is no immediate threat or danger in the area, they just want to do their due diligence on this investigation.

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