MORGANTON, N.C. — A man is in custody after authorities found a woman’s body near a golf course Thursday morning in Morganton.
Channel 9′s Dave Faherty was at the scene on Golf Course Road, near the Mimosa Hills Golf Club around 9 a.m. where deputies were working closely with Morganton Public Safety on the case.
According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, identified as 24-year-old Christina Marie Hernandez, was found dead near the entrance to the golf club, on the side of the road.
Investigators believe Hernandez had been at a home on Golf Course Road, and deputies arrested 33-year-old Joshua Epley. He has been charged with concealment of a death.
Investigators said Epley was the one who first alerted police to the woman’s death shortly after 1 a.m. The investigation is ongoing and no other details have been released.
The golf course, which is private, was closed all morning as deputies and public safety officers conducted their investigation.
>> Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this story.
Cox Media Group