ROAN MOUNTAIN — Investigators said they are following leads in the apparent double homicide case that began Tuesday morning at 120 Hemlock Lane in the Hampton Creek community.
“We have some leads we are working today,” Lt. Mike Little of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said. The investigators are awaiting results of the autopsies conducted on the two bodies by the Quillen College of Medicine.
Because the bodies were burned in a fire, Little said they have not yet officially determined the identities of the two victims. He is hoping that will be accomplished in the next day or so.
The bodies were found about 11:30 a.m. in a garage that had just been burned in apparent arson.
The two residents, Glenn Shell and Joyce Brock, had been victims of a previous arson to their home on June 6. They were inside their home at 3:30 a.m., when Shell said he heard some attempting to break in.
He told investigators that when the man failed to get inside, the next thing he noticed was the smell of diesel fuel. Then he saw flames consuming the wooden deck and a line of flames leading back to the yard.
Firefighters said the burns in the June 6 fire were consistent with a flammable liquid being poured on the deck and leading to the yard.
In that first fire, Shell woke Brock and they were able to escape. Neighbors said that since that time, the two had been staying in the garage.
Little said his investigators are seeking information from anyone who might have knowledge of the incidents. He said callers may use the Crimestoppers Hotline at 423-542-2350. Calls to the hotline may be made anonymously.