ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — Robeson County homicide investigators and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation began an investigation Monday night near Red Springs, according to Sheriff Burnis Wilkins’ office.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office said authorities were conducting the investigation along the 300 block of Lewis McNeil Road.

The investigation started after a body was found buried in a backyard, according to information released on Tuesday morning. The body was found after months of interviews, according to the sheriff’s office. The county’s cold case team was also involved in the investigation, which included a grid search.

The body has been sent to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office to be identified, and for a cause of death to be determined.

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