Sun-Drop reward offered

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed two people during an apparent robbery at the Sun-drop Bottling Co. in Concord June 13.

The money came from the beverage industry and “concerned citizens,” Deputy Concord Police Chief Guy Smith said Monday. He declined to say who provided the money, but said it was the largest reward he can recall in his 27 years on the force.

Anyone with information should call police at 704-920-5000, and leave a name and number.

Police have made a lot of progress on the case, Smith said, but are still not where they want to be in the investigation.

Sun-drop employee Donna Barnhart, 59, and Darrell Noels, 44, who was at the office looking for a job, were shot to death at the plant at Branch view Drive and Old Salisbury-Concord Road. Both were Concord residents.

Police said their main suspect was seen leaving the building carrying something. They described him as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, about 5-feet-3, with a slim build and shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

Officers also have twice stopped motorists in the area and passed out about 2,500 fliers asking people who travel that route to offer any information they might have.