CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Police are searching a wooded area close to the location of where a body related to a Charlotte missing persons case was found Wednesday night in Cabarrus County.
Officers could be seen walking shoulder to shoulder checking the area and circling off the area with crime tape.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police wouldn't confirm if this search was part of the investigation but were seen taking photos and our cameras caught what brought them to the area, a hand gun and bullets.
Police are searching an area. We stumbled upon. Still waiting to find out exactly what they are searching for. pic.twitter.com/MpR3u3CnIV— Yolian Ortiz FOX46 (@YolianFOX46) August 18, 2016
They've been marking areas with crime tape. This is awfully close to where they found a body last night. pic.twitter.com/2hiYXL9fGx— Yolian Ortiz FOX46 (@YolianFOX46) August 18, 2016
They have been walking shoulder to shoulder checking. Overheard CMPD officer talking about metal detectors. pic.twitter.com/WzdkmxzDDt— Yolian Ortiz FOX46 (@YolianFOX46) August 18, 2016
On Wednesday evening, Charlotte detectives discovered a body in the woods off Pine Hill Lane they said was related to a missing persons case turned homicide investigation.
Sandy Le, 23, Alex Castillo, 17 and Ahmia Feaster, 19, were last seen on August 9. Authorities announced they were treating the case as a homicide after finding Le’s vehicle in Arizona.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Chief Doug Gallant did not confirm if the body was that of Le, but did say that the search for the missing woman is over. He went on to say that the area was on one of the last pings from Le's cell phone, which led them to the spot.
The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s office tells FOX 46 Charlotte they now have the body but have yet to do an autopsy due to a back log. They confirm the body is that a woman but won't confirm or deny its Sandy Le.
The FBI is working on the whereabouts of Castillo and Feaster, police said.