Pair wanted in NC for dumping body of overdose victim in woods

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) – Deputies are trying to find two people accused of hiding the body of a dead woman in Rowan County. One of the suspects admitted to the crime, authorities said.

Michael Banks and Brooke Griffin are charged with felony concealment of death and failure to report death.

On Tuesday, a person was heading down Alana Drive, a gravel road in eastern Rowan County, when they came across what appeared to be trash in the woods.

Looking at it more closely, the person realized it was a body, partially covered with brush and leaves.

Deputies responded to the scene, found the body and closed off the area.

Investigators used tattoos on the body to identify the victim as 45-year-old Tammy Lynn Becerra.

Family had reported Becerra missing to Kannapolis police on March 21.

Deputies said the body had likely been at the location for several days. The body showed no signs of trauma.

Becerra was last seen early on March 19 at the address of Michael Joe Banks and Brooke Lynn Griffin on the 1000 block of Canyon Lane in Kannapolis. Witnesses said Becerra had been at the home doing illegal narcotics the night before and that morning.

Investigators believe that Becerra most likely died of an overdose, and Banks and Griffin put the body into Bank’s vehicle to dispose of it.

The sheriff’s office said Banks admitted that Becerra had died of an overdose at his home and that Griffin helped him move and dispose of the body off of Alana Drive.

Banks told deputies he hid the body because he was afraid of retribution from Becerra’s family.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt O. Greene at (704) 216-8686 or Detective T. Allen at (704) 216-8715

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