Police officer finds body near abandoned van

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

STATESVILLE (AP) ó Police say a body found near a van in a creek off a rural North Carolina road may have been a victim of a wreck last week.
The Statesville Record & Landmark reported Tuesday that the body was discovered Monday by a State Highway Patrol trooper called to investigate an abandoned vehicle in the Iredell County creek.
Trooper Michael Brown found the body a short distance from the van. Investigators were trying to determine if the manís body was thrown or washed out of the van. The manís name hasnít been released.
Capt. Todd Cranfill of the Harmony Fire Department said he didnít see the van Friday when he helped the landowner repair the fence. Cranfill said the fence frequently is hit by motorists who run off a curve in the road.

Information from: Statesville Record & Landmark, http://www.statesville.com/index.htm