Bladen Co. officials say body recovered from Cape Fear River is Durham man; foul play suspected

Bladen Co. officials say body recovered from Cape Fear River is Durham man; foul play suspected
The Bladen County and Columbus County sheriff’s offices along with dive and water rescue teams are searching an area of the Cape Fear River off Hwy. 11 in Columbus County for a possible body. (Source: Bladen County Sheriff's Office)

BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The body recovered Saturday from the Cape Fear River is a Durham man, the Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office has announced.

An autopsy performed Monday positively identified the body as 54-year-old Kenneth Ross Covell.

The cause of death has not been released at this time.

“The investigation into this case is continuing,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “Based on the information received and the circumstances surrounding this case, it is believed that foul play is involved with the death of Covell.”

Last Friday, the sheriff’s office said it received credible information that an assault occurred and a body was dumped in the river. Investigators with the Bladen and Columbus County sheriff’s offices searched the river and eventually recovered Covell’s body near the Riegelwood Golf Course in Columbus County Saturday morning.

No other details have been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.

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