Homicide investigation underway near Crowders Mountain State Park

UPDATE:  Gaston County DA Locke Bell has confirmed to Fox 46 that authorities are conducting a homicide investigation regarding the body that was found.

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A homicide investigation is underway near Crowders Mountain State Park in Gaston County, police confirmed to FOX 46 Charlotte. Mobile users click here.

Gaston County police remain on scene and have an area of the roadway blocked off. 

A man living in the area tells FOX 46 he stumbled upon a body while riding his ATV in the woods. A blood stain, roughly 20-yards long, was found near the crime scene. 

The man tells FOX 46 it looked like the body was "dumped". 

A fire truck also responded to the scene Friday evening.

Check back for updates on this developing breaking news story.