No body was found Tuesday in a field near Kernersville that has been the scene of an active search since Friday, when investigators with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about a potential crime.

Crews used a backhoe to dig in an area sectioned off with crime-scene tape in a field near the intersection of Teague Lane and Ogden School Road. Maj. Mark Elliott of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said the search is scheduled to resume about 9 a.m. today.

Elliott said the sheriff’s office received the tip Friday that a body might have been dumped on property near Kernersville in January or February of this year. Deputies did a quick search of the property that same day and on Saturday, and they obtained a search warrant for the property.

He said the property owner has been cooperative and it appears that he doesn’t know anything about a body possibly buried on his land.

Cadaver dogs and forensic anthropologists, led by N.C. State professor Ann Ross, surveyed the property Monday to help narrow the search area, Elliott said. Deputies also searched along nearby Abbotts Creek, as well as in the woods that border the property.

Elliott declined to provide any details about the investigation, including whether they have a specific victim they are looking for. He said they are trying to confirm whether a crime has been committed.

Several television reporters asked Elliott about an inmate from the Forsyth County jail who was brought to the property. Elliott declined to provide any details on that inmate.

Elliott said about 25 to 30 people are working on the case, including those back at the sheriff’s office.

He said Winston-Salem police have helped, and the Kernersville Police Department will also assist the investigation.

Elliott said people in the community should know that Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies take information about potential crimes seriously.

He said that while he has no idea how long the search will take, investigators will continue the hunt until they determine if a crime has been committed.

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