Union's Lake Park sees first killing in 13 years

Investigators Monday released few details in the first homicide in 13 years in Lake Park, a planned community in western Union County.

The wife of Ned Francis Taylor, 56, found him dead in their Logan Circle home after returning from work late Saturday, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies Monday were awaiting the preliminary autopsy report, but Sheriff's Capt. Mike Easley said Taylor's throat had been slashed. Investigators found what they believe to be the weapon, but Easley declined to say what it is.

Investigators found no evidence of a struggle inside the two-story clapboard home and no sign of forced entry. Easley declined to discuss a possible motive or say whether anything was taken from the home.

Deputies were summoned to the home by Taylor's wife, Sybil, a medical technician with Carolinas Health Systems.

Sybil Taylor worked long hours, Carreras said. Ned Taylor was retired, Easley said. He did not know what job Taylor held before retiring.

According to public records, the Taylors filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month in federal bankruptcy court in Charlotte. Easley declined to comment on whether investigators believed the financial troubles had anything to do with Ned Taylor's death. Staff researcher Sara Klemmer contributed.