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On Wednesday, a body was found in a shallow grave in the backyard of a Raleigh County abandoned home.

Investigators told 59News the remains seem to match the description of a man missing from Kanawha County. The only information on the body that is confirmed at this time is that it's a black male, but authorities strongly believe they already know who it is.

"I do have a 5-year-old here and it concerns me a lot that this is the second body they found," neighbor Sharon Hughes said.

Sheriff Steve Tanner told us on Wednesday, two people were searching for scrap metal on Old Turnpike Road in Harper Heights when they found something much more gruesome.

Just a few feet down, right in the backyard of what we're told is an abandoned house, a body was found in a shallow grave. Tanner said with the grave being so shallow, the rain had washed away dirt, leaving body parts visible.

Investigators believe the remains are those of Kareem Hunter, a Kanawha County man who disappeared in September.

Kelsey Legg, also of Kanawha County, is charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with Hunter's disappearance.

If you remember, just two months ago the body of Deborah Dalton was found in this same area, less than half a mile away on Harper Heights Road. A Neighbor told 59News that Harper Heights is not the quiet and safe neighborhood it was when she grew up in it years ago.

"Through everything that has happened with these two bodies, it let's me know times have changed. I grew up here, it has always been a quiet and peaceful place where the neighbors looked after the neighbors," Hughes said.

On Halloween, kids go door to door trick or treating. Starting this year, Hughes will make some changes.

"He will not be going because of what has happened here. I feel that this year it will be best if we keep him in," Hughes told us.

Sheriff Tanner said us the colder temperatures we've seen lately slowed the rate of decomposition. As soon as we know the identity of the victim from the State Medical Examiner, we'll be the first to let you know.