The deaths of two North Carolina males final summer time could also be associated, together with a 57-year-old man who was present in a burning camper close to a preferred lake, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned Tuesday.
However investigators say it wasn’t the fireplace that killed him.
Deputies revealed a doable connection between the 2 killings after receiving the post-mortem outcomes on Michael James Meschke, a Salisbury resident.
Metschke died after being shot, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned in a information launch, citing outcomes of an post-mortem performed by the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Workplace.
Investigators mentioned Metzke was discovered within the burned camper on Aug. 21, 2022, on St. Peter’s Church Street. That is close to Excessive Rock Lake. He died earlier than the fireplace, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned, citing an post-mortem.
His killing could also be linked to the deadly taking pictures of David Kenneth Land at Land’s dwelling on Bull Street on July 20, 2022, in line with the Sheriff’s Workplace.
The Sheriff’s Workplace declined to say why they imagine the 2 shootings are associated.
Investigators mentioned they’re persevering with to pursue leads within the deaths, together with DNA proof obtained from the scene.
At the moment, a 911 caller advised dispatch they noticed the camper Metzke was in on fireplace. Firefighters discovered the home fully surrounded. Metzke was mendacity inside the house and was lifeless when firefighters arrived, in line with a replica of the post-mortem outcomes.
The post-mortem report said that his spouse final noticed him 5 hours in the past. The post-mortem says Metzke was shot 4 instances.
A month in the past, Land was discovered lifeless within the storage of his dwelling. He was discovered by a buddy who was dwelling on his property in a motorhome, the post-mortem report mentioned. He is been shot thrice.
A $10,000 reward is being supplied for info resulting in an arrest and conviction in every case. The Metzke household has supplied an extra reward of $10,000.
Anybody with details about both case ought to name Rowan County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Ryan Barclay at 704-216-8711 or textual content 704-213-3677.