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Autopsy identifies body found in Cape Fear River 

Members of the Columbus County Sheriff's Office prepare to put a diver in the Cape Fear River at the N.C. 11 bridge near Riegelwood Aug. 21. Boats using sonar saw several images worth checking out with a diver. Staff file photo by Les High

Investigators have identified the body found in the Cape Fear River near Riegelwood Saturday. An autopsy identified the man as Kenneth Ross Covell, 54, of Durham, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office received information last week that “a possible assault had taken place in Bladen

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