Iredell County sheriff’s investigators on Tuesday apprehended a Mooresville area man charged in the death of his 79-year-old mother.
Monday morning, Deputies responded to a reported assault at 308 Alexander Acres Rd., where they found Barbara Allen Frye inside with severe head injuries, according to a release from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
The caller, Bonita Brown Smith, lives at that address and had found the victim beaten and bloodied in her bedroom. Deputies discovered that there had been no forced entry into the home and nothing missing from the home. The victim’s son, Michael Reid Frye, 55, who also lives at the address, could not be located.
Barbara Allen Frye was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.
Smith, who is Barbara Frye’s niece, told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, that she has lived at Barbara Frye’s home the past couple of years to care for her.
“I just couldn’t believe it really happened,” Smith told WBTV. “I can’t believe she’s not gonna be here. I’m not gonna go in and take care of her.”
Smith told deputies Frye and his mother had been in an argument Sunday evening. She also said it was unusual that he would leave without letting someone know.
The sheriff’s office obtained a warrant charging Frye with murder.
According to the release, deputies received a phone call that helped them locate Frye early Tuesday at 2630 Old Beatty Ford Rd. in China Grove, where he was staying at a friend’s home.
When found, Frye refused to answer any of the detectives’ questions, according to the release. He was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond with a court date of Aug. 19.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 878-3180.
Michael Frye was given probation for driving while impaired convictions in 1985 and 1988, court record show. He was found guilty of misdemeanor assaulting a public officer in 2011.
In 2008, Frye’s then-wife filed a domestic violence complaint against him and obtained a temporary restraining order to keep him away from her, according to court records.
Observer Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.