The body of a man was found Wednesday afternoon in the Ellendale Community west of Taylorsville. Two suspects are in custody according to the Alexander County Sheriffs Office. County 911 got a call about a suspicious vehicle, when deputies responded they found a vehicle stuck at 6045 Highway 64-90 West. Deputies found the body of the deceased behind an abandoned house in a wooded area. Sheriff Chris Bowman told B86 the body was partially buried under leaves and sticks. As a precaution Ellendale Elementary School which is less than a half mile from the crime scene was placed on soft lock down. Sheriff Bowman said the lock down was a precaution in case there was anyone else involved in what is being called a homicide. A helicopter searched the area as did a K9 unit and a large number of officers. As of 4pm County Chief Deputy Todd Jones said the manhunt was “scaling back” and students at Ellendale Elementary were dismissed per normal procedure.
Taken into custody 51 year old Toni Anthony Hearne of Charlotte and Linsey Marie Lentz age 33 of Albemarle. They are charged with 1 count each of Murder and Conceal/Failure to Report a death. The victim has been identified as Robert Adam Hearne jr, age unknown. Hearne told reporters that he killed his uncle in “self defense” Where the death took place is not clear according to a release from the Alexander County Sheriffs Office. Both suspects are being held without bond.