Deputies responding to a 911 hang-up call found an 80-year-old man dead in a home near Statesville on Tuesday night and are treating the case as a homicide.
The man, later identified as business owner Hugh Lee Moose, had “obvious injuries” when deputies peered through a window of the home in the 500 block of Shiloh Road at about 7:30 p.m., Sheriff Darren Campbell said Wednesday. Shiloh Road is off U.S. 70 southeast of Statesville.
Deputies entered the home to render aid to Moose but found him dead, according to the sheriff. Investigators are not releasing the types of injuries they found on Moose.
Investigators believe someone broke in through a side door and that the death was possibly the result of a robbery, The (Statesville) Record & Landmark reported, quoting Campbell. Moose lived alone, according to the Record & Landmark.
Moose owned Hugh’s Sheet Metal and had rental properties, Observer news partner WBTV reported, quoting neighbors.
Sheriff’s detectives are trying to identify a man seen in the 500 block of Shiloh Road between 5 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The man is between 25 and 35 years old and about 5-feet 10-inches tall. He wore light-brown Carhartt-type overalls and had a dark backpack. He was last seen on a side road off Shiloh Road, the sheriff’s office said.
Anyone who knows the man’s identity or has information about the case is asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Hotline at 704- 928-9804. Homicide team members monitor the phone, and callers can remain anonymous.