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Body found in woods identified as missing Wingate man

Officials said a man operating a dump truck called 911 after his truck broke down and he pulled off the roadway near the area where the body was discovered.
Credit: WCNC

WINGATE, N.C. — The body discovered early Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area near the intersection of Santana Road and Monroe-Ansonville Road outside of Wingate has been identified as 33-year-old Joshua Tramaine Allen, the Union County Sheriff's Office reports. 

Deputies said Allen was reported missing to the Marshville Police Department on Jan. 25. Since that date, the Marshville Police Department and the Monroe Police Department have followed up on tips concerning Allen’s possible whereabouts.  

The search for Allen ended Tuesday after deputies were dispatched to the area where the body was discovered at around 12:42 p.m. Officials said a man operating a dump truck called 911 after his truck broke down and he pulled off the roadway near the area where the body was discovered.  

The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Union County Sheriff’s detectives, the SBI, Marshville Police and Monroe Police will continue the investigation.

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