Body of missing Catawba County man found, two brothers charged with murder

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The Catawba County Sheriff's Office said the body of a missing elderly man was discovered Wednesday afternoon after being missing for nearly four days. 

The body of Benny Daniels, 78, was found in the woods behind his home around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 12. Daniels was last seen on October 8 near 18th Street NW in Hickory. 

Deputies said there was evidence of a break-in inside his property. 

The pair appeared before District Court Judge Wes W. Barkley on Thursday in connection with the death of 78-year-old Benny Daniels of Long View.

Judge Barkley appointed Ted Cummings as provisional defense counsel for the brothers. The suspects have a probable cause hearing set for Nov. 3, 2016.

Anyone with further information on this case is asked to call the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at (828) 465-0671.