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Body found in Chatham County

Posted October 10, 2012

— The Chatham County Sheriff's Office is investigating a body found Wednesday morning near Pittsboro. 

A motorist driving along Chicken Bridge Road in northern Chatham County called 911 around 7:20 a.m. after finding the body on the side of the road.

Sheriff's investigators and the State Bureau of Investigation were at the scene for nearly 12 hours and Chicken Bridge Road was closed for much of that time. Only residents were permitted to pass, which frustrated Perrin Heartway, a veterinarian trying to treat an ailing horse in the area.

"I needed to cross the bridge, Chicken Bridge, three times today. Each time I thought a number of hours had passed, enough time for them to finish up," he said. "I don't know what they're doing, but I guess they need the time."

SBI, Chatham deputies investigate body found SBI, Chatham deputies investigate body found

Authorities remained very tight-lipped about the investigation throughout the day, but said residents in the area are not believed to be in danger and that the case is an "active criminal investigation."

Anyone who saw any vehicles parked on the east side of Chicken Bridge Road before 7:15 a.m. is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 919-545-8129.


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  • kgbkgb1967 Oct 19, 2012

    RE: Human life comes first,not animals,law enforcement doesn't tell you how to do your job so.....

    She's dead, non smart person, horse is alive (at the moment).

  • tgrimes1967 Oct 11, 2012

    this isn't the female Soldier that has been missing from Fort Bragg is it?

  • nanaofeight11 Oct 11, 2012

    Where is the driver of the mini van? why are the doors open? and yellow tags all around it? from where you see the tarps from Sky 5, there is no way a passing motorists would have been able to see a body in that grass...too many unanswered questions

  • batcave Oct 11, 2012

    which frustrated Perrin Heartway

    Human life comes first,not animals,law enforcement doesn't tell you how to do your job so.....

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 11, 2012

    WOW! Right here in Chatham County. I do hope they find out all the details of who done it in this murder.

  • The Carolina Sweetheart Oct 10, 2012

    Wow, I grew up right off of Chicken Bridge Rd on Old Graham Rd. That has always been such a peaceful and quiet area. I pray that this isn't a murder.

  • mloy Oct 10, 2012

    I was on Chicken Bridge Road this morning around 6:45 a.m. but it was dark. I didn't see anything.

  • monami Oct 10, 2012

    A body in a lake yesterday, the body of a Carolinian in a river in Boston 2 days ago, a body on the side of the road in Pittsboro today. Every day bodies are being found. What's going on??????????

  • submoa Oct 10, 2012

    I know several persons who walk or ride a bike on that road early in the morning. I hope no one I know was hit by a car!

  • writetanisha Oct 10, 2012

    wow what is the world comin too???