CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities searching a wooded area on Tuesday found the body of a North Carolina insurance investigator who prosecutors believe was killed by the owner of an agency she was auditing.

Police had been looking for Sallie Rohrbach, 44, since she was reported missing Friday. Michael Howell, 40, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Chrissy Pearson, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Insurance, and police confirmed the body's identity.

"We are devastated that all hope is lost, but we also find a sense of closure in knowing that we can lay to rest our dear friend and colleague with the dignity and respect she deserves," Pearson said.