Crime & Courts

Officials searching for person of interest after 3 found shot dead in NC home

Kenneth Douglas Powell
Kenneth Douglas Powell Burke County Sheriff's Office

Officials in Burke County were still looking for a person of interest Saturday after a child was found alive at a North Carolina home where three bodies were discovered on Friday.

The victims — Trae Ward, 23, Pamela Ward, 57, and Jimmy Stamey, 22 — appeared to have been shot to death, Burke County sheriff's officials said Saturday.

At about 7:45 a.m., a caller to Burke County 911 reported a person who appeared to be dead in a car outside the home in the 3400 block of Enola Road, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Deputies found the two other bodies in the home.

The 1-year-old child was found unharmed and was taken for a medical examination, according to the sheriff's office.

Later Friday, investigators said they were searching for a person of interest in the case: 61-year-old Kenneth Douglas Powell of Morganton.

Powell was known by the victims, sheriff's officials said. He lives in an apartment in the 100 block of Carolina Street in Morganton, the sheriff's office said. He is 5-feet-11-inches tall, 180 pounds and has green eyes and brown hair.

Enola Road is south of Morganton and just north of South Mountains State Park.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation also is investigating the case.

Anyone who knows of Powell's whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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