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On the discovery of bodies

Posted on January 7, 2022

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Winter woods often lay bare the gruesome remains of bodies dumped in more furtive seasons.

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Winter woods often lay bare the gruesome remains of bodies dumped in more furtive seasons.

One of the most asked questions I get is why so many unidentified bodies are found around the holidays.

The reason is two-fold, but simple.

First, wintertime means less foliage. When vegetation dies down due to the cold, bodies that have been hidden emerge, increasing the chances someone in the woods will stumble across a grisly site... or sight. I guess both are applicable in this case.

The second reason is what puts more people in the North Carolina woods around the holidays: It's hunting season.

Most unidentified bodies found in the woods are discovered by hunters or ATV riders, who are probably hunters. The metal detector group from last week was new to me, but it makes perfect sense.

Surveyors also find their fair share of bodies that have been dumped in the woods.

In researching all 120-plus cases for the UNIDENTIFIED series, I'm compiling data on what type of person found the remains. I should be able to share that with everyone at some point. But as it is right now, one-quarter of the way through the list, hunters are in the lead.

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