DEPUTIES: No foul play indicated after body found in Carteret County home

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 10:03 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2020 at 2:16 PM EDT
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CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Deputies say there will be no additional charges filed in the case of a Carteret County man accused of concealing another man's death.

James Dahlbender, of Peletier, was charged Wednesday with concealing a death after deputies discovered the body of Roland Pridgen in a bedroom of his home.

Deputies say the 47-year-old Pridgen had been living in Mecklenburg County but recently moved back to Havelock to be closer to family.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate no foul play was involved with his death.

Deputies say they are still trying to determine how long the body was in Dahlbender’s home before they made the discovery.

Dahlbender had a court appearance this morning and was released after posting bond.


A Carteret County man is charged with concealing a death after deputies discovered a body in his home.

Carteret County deputies arrested 44-year-old James Dahlbender of 190 Bucks Corner Road in Peletier, after a man’s body was found in a bedroom of that residence Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies were able to identify the victim but are still notifying relatives.

Dahlbender is accused of concealing the death of the victim by failing to notify a law enforcement authority.

Sheriff’s detectives are conducting a death investigation and searched the home Wednesday evening.

Dahlbender is being held at the Carteret County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow.

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