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Authorities identify body found at Blue Ridge Parkway overlook in North Carolina

The incident is being investigated as a homicide

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BLOWING ROCK, N.C.UPDATE

Investigators have identified the body found on Saturday along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Officials said the victim has been identified as 33-year-old Josue Calderon, of Rhode Island.

This comes after an autopsy was completed by the North Carolina State Medical Examiner’s Office.

National Park Service said the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

The victim’s cause of death is not known at this time.

Investigators said there is no cause of concern for public safety, and this case is not linked to any other ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the NPS Investigative Services tip line by phone at 888-653-0009 or by email at nps_isb@nps.gov.


ORIGINAL STORY

A body was found Saturday afternoon off the Blue Ridge Parkway, according to National Park Service.

NPS said dispatchers responded to reports from a park visitor of a body found near one of the overlooks Saturday around 1:14 p.m.

Law enforcement rangers found a man dead shortly after located below the Yadkin Valley Overlook at milepost 289.8, according to the Charlotte NBC-affiliate.

The cause of death is unknown, according to law enforcement.

NPS Investigative Services Branch and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating this issue.


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