The object wrapped in plastic-behind a barbed wire fence at UNC's Municipal grounds.
UNC Journalism student Charlotte Ix says her roommate approached her about the possible sighting this Spring.
"She was like 'I know where Silent Sam is you wanna go see it?'" Charlotte says her friend asked. "Oh yeah, I definitely want to see it."
Charlotte Ix, a @UNC journalism student who thinks she found confederate statue Silent Sam in a UNC storage yard on Municipal Drive near MLK Jr. Blvd. A University spokeswoman says for security reasons UNC won’t confirm the location. @UNCPolice guarding the area. @UNC_System pic.twitter.com/WaAjc1S14w— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) September 15, 2019
Charlotte went to the storage yard behind UNC's Municipal Grounds complex off Municipal Drive.
It was the Junior's potential first look at the controversial statue more than a year after protesters yanked it down from its historic location at McCorkle Place.
Charlotte snapped images that appear to show Sam lying down with his gun pointed toward the sky. His pedestal possibly wrapped in blue tarp.
"No way! This is crazy," Charlotte said she was surprised by what she believes to be Silent Sam.
"When I saw it-it was kind of just laying there. That was the most shocking part to me. How someone originally found it-I'm not sure-it just kind of got through the grapevine and to me I guess."
Charlotte broke the story writing a recent article in Carolina Connection.
Sunday afternoon, UNC Police were seen guarding the area on Municipal Drive.
A UNC spokeswoman tells ABC 11 the university is unable to discuss the location of the statue for security reasons.
"I think it will be interesting to see what happens in the future-whether or not it stays there-whether or not they move it," Charlotte stated.
UNC System Board of Governors is leading the discussion on what happens next with the statue. So far no decisions have been made public.