Peletier man charged with concealing death; investigation continues

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CARTERET COUNTY — On 07/29/2020 Carteret County deputies arrested James Raphael Dahlbender, 44, of 190 Bucks Corner Road, Lot # 7 (Bucks Corner MHP), Peletier, after a body was discovered in a bedroom of that residence.

Just after 3:30pm, deputies made entry into the home and discovered a male victim deceased. Deputies were able to identify the victim however; detectives are still making notifications to next of kin.

Dahlbender 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. The victim is scheduled for an autopsy this week.


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. His first court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow.

This case remains an active death investigation and no further details can be released at this time.