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Officials identify body found along Blue Ridge Parkway overlook as Rhode Island man

According to the National Park Service, dispatchers received reports from a park visitor of a body near one of the parkway’s overlooks around 1:14 p.m. Oct. 9.
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Published: Oct. 10, 2021 at 11:25 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 5:48 PM EDT
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BOONE, N.C. (WBTV) - Officials have identified a body that was found Saturday afternoon off the Blue Ridge Parkway. A homicide investigation is now underway.

According to the National Park Service, dispatchers received reports from a park visitor of a body near one of the parkway’s overlooks around 1:14 p.m. Oct. 9. Law enforcement rangers found a deceased male five minutes later, located below the Yadkin Valley Overlook at milepost 289.8.

An autopsy has been completed by the North Carolina State Medical Examiner’s Office. Investigators have identified the victim as Josue Calderon, age 33, of Rhode Island.

This incident is being investigated as a homicide.

Special Agents from the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, with support from NPS law enforcement rangers, are leading the investigation with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Watauga County Sherriff’s Office.

Officials say if you have information that could help investigators, please contact the NPS Investigative Services tip line by phone at 888-653-0009 or by email at nps_isb@nps.gov.

Information gathered by investigators continues to suggest there is no ongoing concern for public safety, or that this investigation is related to any other ongoing investigations.

At this time, officials say all other details regarding this incident are linked to ongoing investigative efforts. Updates and further details will be provided when they are available and will not compromise the integrity of the investigation, authorities say.

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