Investigators at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office aren’t saying much about motive – except that there was argument before Benny Daniels was killed. Detectives said items were stolen from him.
Daniels was last seen Saturday night at his home in Longview. Two people renting from Daniels , Tabitha Harrison and Thomas Ball – were being sought as persons of interest. Wednesday, Harrison and Ball were found at a Hickory motel and taken into custody.
Harrison and Ball rented a basement apartment at Daniels’ home but apparently left in a hurry, said Sheriff Coy Reid. Deputies said the pair is charged with breaking into Daniels’ home and were being questioned on his whereabouts.
After Daniels’ body was found in a shallow grave, Ball and his brother, Rodney Ball, were charged with murder.
Deputies previously said there was evidence of a break-in, as well as other evidence inside the home, that points to something suspicious. Tabitha Harrison has been charged with felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.
No further information has been released about the discovery of Daniels’ body or a possible cause of death.
The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting deputies with the investigation.