Deputies: Investigation continues after Peletier man charged with concealing death

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(WNCT) The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said they have arrested a man after a body was discovered in a bedroom of a residence.

On Wednesday just after 3:30 p.m., deputies made entry into the home and said they discovered a male victim deceased.

The victim was identified as 47-year-old Roland Marshal Pridgen Jr.

Investigators have learned Pridgen was living in Matthews but recently moved back to Webb Boulevard in Havelock to be closer to family.   

James Raphael Dahlbender, 44, of Peletier, is accused of concealing the death of the victim by failing to notify a law enforcement authority.

Sheriff’s detectives are actively conducting a death investigation and executed a search warrant on the home this evening.

After receiving preliminary autopsy results Thursday morning investigators do not believe foul play was involved in his death.  

Dahlbender was charged with one felony count of conceal/fail to report a death and is being held at the Carteret County Detention Center under a $10,000.00 bond.

At this time no additional charges will be obtained on Dahlbender, who was released from the Carteret County Detention Center after posting bond.  

The defendant had his first court appearance and was placed on electronic monitoring.

The case remains an active death investigation.

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