Medical examiners identify body found at Sagebrush demolition site

Published 10:35 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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The identity of the body found last week at the Sagebrush Steakhouse demolition site has been identified.

Albemarle Police Department said the N.C. chief medical examiner and Stanly County medical examiner were able to identify the body as that of Christopher Allen Jernigan, 30, of Lincoln County.

Jernigan was reported missing from Lincoln in March 2020, APD said. Crews demolishing the former Sagebrush found the body around 2 p.m. April 29.

Albemarle Police detectives, who have notified family members, have found no signs of foul play at this time. The cause of death has not been determined.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Albemarle Police at 704-984-9500 or leave an anonymous tip at 704-984-9511.