Body found near vehicle in Burke Co. identified as reported missing man

- A body was found miles from a vehicle belonging to a reported missing man, according to the Burke County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies said on April 19, family members filed a report that Richard Dale Triplett, 56, had been missing since April 18. He was last seen around 6 a.m. that day. 

On Wednesday, April 27, a 2001 Honda CRV was located on a US Forrest Service Rd. in the Wilsons Creek area of Burke County. 

Deputies said the Honda CRV was registered to Richard Dale Triplett.

Investigators responded to an area on Wilsons Creek approximately 3 miles away from the Honda CRV where a male was discovered deceased.

The man has been identified as Triplett, according to the medical examiner.

An autopsy will be performed. The investigation remains ongoing.

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