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Coroner identifies body found in Walker County as missing teen

Nicholas Hawkins. Source: Dora Police Department
Nicholas Hawkins. Source: Dora Police Department
Published: Feb. 17, 2016 at 4:19 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2016 at 4:26 PM CST
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Friends and family held a vigil for Nicholas Hawkins on Wednesday night. Source: Sherea...
Friends and family held a vigil for Nicholas Hawkins on Wednesday night. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
Nicholas Hawkins. Source: WBRC video
Nicholas Hawkins. Source: WBRC video
The Walker County Sheriff's office responded to the scene where a body was found. (Source:...
The Walker County Sheriff's office responded to the scene where a body was found. (Source: Jamiese Price/WBRC)

WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Walker County Coroner's Office has confirmed the body found in the Quinton area on Tuesday night belongs to Nicholas Hawkins, a 19-year-old reported missing from Dora.

Hawkins was reported missing last week. His vehicle was found at a Dora home on Sunday, Feb. 14.

The coroner has not yet released his cause of death.

Relatives said that the body was found near a house on K D Byrd Station Road, which is also known as a dumping spot.

Sheriff Jim Underwood said an investigator found the body. He added that Hawkins' family said they thought they had seen his car near the area and investigators checked a number of side roads and known dumping spots.

Hawkins' body was found buried under brush and debris.

Because the body was wrapped in a number of blankets and other items Underwood says they didn't unwrap the body to persevere any possible evidence.

Family members told authorities that Hawkins said someone was trying to harm him before he disappeared.

A person of interest in Hawkins' disappearance is being held in the Walker County Jail on unrelated charges, but has not yet been charged in connection to the case.

Chief Hall said on Saturday night, Hawkins called his mom, frantically telling her that the person of interest was trying to kill him. After that, the phone went dead.

Based on that information, authorities felt they had enough information to question that person.

They also found Hawkins' car at the home of a mutual friend of Hawkins and the person of interest. Forensic experts are looking through the car to see if there is any DNA evidence inside.

Hawkins' body was transferred to the state forensics department in Huntsville.

Hawkins' family is grieving Wednesday.

"We are taking it as best we can but our hearts are breaking," Hawkin's brother said. "My heart has been ripped out."

Loved ones will gather at Dora City Park at 6 p.m. Wednesday to honor Hawkins' memory.

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