Crime & Courts

Man’s roommate murdered him in their home, police say. But his body wasn’t there.

A Charlotte missing-person case quickly turned into a homicide this week, when police visited the missing man’s home and determined he may have been killed there.

His housemate, 28-year-old Dwayne Bryan Evans, has been charged with murder.

Police are still looking for the body of 28-year-old Eric Spells, whose girlfriend reported him missing Wednesday.

He had argued with Evans, she said, and he didn’t show up for work Wednesday morning, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police news release.

At the house shared by Evans and Spells on South Smallwood Place, off Rozzelles Ferry Road, crime scene investigators found evidence that indicated Spells had been killed, CMPD Capt. Chris Dozier said.

Dozier did not describe the evidence or say how Spells died.

Police are still trying to narrow down the location of Spells’ body, Dozier said. The investigation took them to a York County truck stop Thursday morning, where York County Sheriff’s Office deputies and FBI agents helped look for him. The search was unsuccessful.

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Dwayne Evans, 28, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his housemate, police said. Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Two people — 31-year-old Jason Connell Palmer and 32-year-old Shavonn Lanique Scott — have been charged with accessory after the fact to murder, Dozier said. They are accused of helping Evans dispose of the body.

All three suspects were found in Concord and taken to Mecklenburg County Jail after interviews, Dozier said.

Anyone with information on the location of Spells’ body or other evidence should call 911, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or call 704-432-TIPS to speak to CMPD’s homicide detectives.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester