Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman has released the sequence from Friday afternoon that led to the discovery of two people dead in a home near Deep Gap. His synopsis says that : at approximately 2:31 p.m., a call from a caretaker sent WCSO Deputies to 447 Wildwood Drive, approximately 2 miles from the Wildcat Road/Old US-421 South intersection. At the time, the dispatch was for "unknown problem/ man down." He said deputies entered a 2 story residence and found 2 unresponsive individuals - a male and a female, believed to be in their mid to late 50's, or early 60's. With that, WCSO investigators were contacted by deputies on scene to respond, as no vital signs were present, nor obtained from co-dispatched Deep Gap First Responders and Watauga Medics. He said medical personnel then left and the WCSO Criminal Investigation Group began the processing of the 2 story residence for information and evidence. There was a bulletin issued for a white Ford Focus, as it was reported that the vehicle which was normally at the residence could not be found, but it was canceled when it was learned that the vehicle had been located at a local car repair shop. The vehicle had been taken in for a scheduled routine repairs several days ago.
At this point, according to the sheriff, no suspects nor persons of interest are being sought regarding the deaths, and that the on-site information and forensic evidence is being processed and collated for review by the Medical Examiner's Office. So at this point, theres no speculation released on the cause of death of the man and woman, whose identities have not been released.
- Written by Steve Frank