Suspicious death under investigation

Published 5:23 pm Saturday, December 3, 2011

JACKSON— The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office along with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) are looking into the suspicious death of an elderly man.

According to Northampton County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Brenda Burnette, the Northampton County 911 Communications Center received a call at approximately 7:05 a.m. on Friday regarding the death.

Burnette said authorities responded a scene located onBryantown RoadnearJackson. There the body of Martin Powell, who is approximately 70 years old, was discovered.

Burnette did not disclose Powell’s manner of death.

“It’s a suspicious death as of right now,” she said. “We will continue to investigate this case and the SBI has been called in to assist.”

She added authorities will know more about Powell’s death following an autopsy that is scheduled for Monday.