The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the person whose body was found on the afternoon of Dec. 21 on private property off Parks Ridge Road in the Fishing Creek community east of North Wilkesboro.

It was identified as the body of Laura Cole, 36, of North Wilkesboro, said Major Logan Kerr of the sheriff’s office.

Kerr said the body, found by a search party, was transported from the scene to a forensic pathologist for an autopsy. He said preliminary results of the autopsy confirmed that it was Cole.

Kerr said the preliminary autopsy didn’t provide a final determination of the cause of death but resulted in foul play not being suspected. He added that the death didn’t result from a gunshot.

A relative on the scene on Dec. 21 said Cole had recently become missing.

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