New court documents reveal more details about a police investigation into whether a Davidson woman’s death in July is a homicide.
Sarah Long, 41, was found dead in her bed with a gunshot wound above her left ear, clutching a .357 Taurus revolver in her hand.
No arrests have been made.
Last April, Long, a buyer for Lowe’s, began a romantic relationship with Drew Becker, who is married. She separated from her husband, Christopher Reeves, in June.
Becker said he called police on July 23 after he said he hadn’t been able to contact Long since the week before.
Police are waiting for forensic evidence to pursue leads, said Cristina Shaul, a spokeswoman for the town of Davidson.
An affidavit with interviews and a search warrant from August, both written by Davidson police Sgt. Stephen Ingram, raise some inconsistencies in the case.
The medical examiner couldn’t determine whether Long died from the gunshot wound, and he didn’t detect blood on the hand Long would have fired with, the affidavit says.
Ingram also wrote that he and the medical examiner believed the position of the gun was odd. Long was found with the weapon in her left hand and a wound above her left ear. But her husband said she was right-handed, the affidavit says.
Becker told Ingram and Sgt. Vernon Siders that Long had been suicidal since a recent cervical cancer diagnosis.
Authorities, however, interviewed Long’s doctor who said she only had abnormal cells on her cervix, a medical situation she had dealt with before and which could be remedied “with a minor outpatient procedure,” Ingram wrote.
The affidavit says Long visited her father two days before her death, and he said he thought she seemed happy.
Becker told Ingram and Siders that Long had a bad day about a month before her death, when she “pulled out a gun, pointed at her head and said, ‘Sometimes I just feel like blowing my head off,’ ” the affidavit says.
Becker also presented documents that he said Long gave him three weeks before her death, telling him to turn them over to her financial adviser if something happened to her, the affidavit says.
They included a will naming Becker as the sole beneficiary of all of her assets, which totaled about $1 million.
The last time Becker said he saw her – and the day of her suspected death – Long “was lethargic and had trouble comprehending,” Becker told authorities.
But Reeves told investigators that when he talked to his wife later that evening, she seemed normal.
On the day Long apparently died, Becker brought her toilet paper and a chocolate milkshake, he told Ingram and Siders. He said she had taken some sleeping pills, and they discussed her cancer diagnosis.
Among items collected from Long’s apartment were Nesquik chocolate drink mix powder, a spoon and a Chapel Hill mug with a plastic straw, the search warrant says.
The affidavit seems to point out similarities with an incident that led Becker’s wife to file a restraining order against him. According to Ingram, Paula Becker said her husband brought her a smoothie in May that tasted funny. “She ... asked if it contained medicine,” Ingram wrote.
She said Becker took the drink from her and flushed it down the toilet, later telling her that he added a sleep aid to the drink to help her rest. She filed a restraining order against him less than a week later, records show. Researcher Maria David contributed.