The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for Mark Anthony Ortiz, 24, since July of 2022. Ortiz is charged with felonious disposal of a body and felony obstruction of justice in connection to the disappearance of 29-year-old Anthony John Jaworsky according to a news release.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office says Jaworsky was last seen by his family in the Conover area on July 13, 2021. Jaworsky’s vehicle was located along Interstate 40 in Iredell County by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol shortly after he was reported missing.
On July 12, 2022, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office regarding Jaworsky’s case. Burke County and Catawba County investigators, along with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, served a search warrant at 3584 Curley’s Fish Camp Road, Hildebran. During the search, evidence was located leading to an arrest warrant being issued for Ortiz.
A cadaver dog was spotted searching the property on Curley’s Fish Camp Road and investigators were seen digging in various areas, according to media reports.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has yet to indicate what evidence was collected from the residence and has not confirmed Jaworsky’s death.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ortiz is asked to contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
Photo: Catawba County Sheriff’s Office
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and The Hickory Daily Record contributed to this article