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Saturday, December 31, 2011

UPDATE: Investigators scramble for answers in Caldwell man's death

12-29-2011 North Carolina:

LENOIR -- The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is staying tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the death of Matthew Jason Carter, 32, of Lenoir.

“We’re working this as a murder investigation,” said Sgt. B.J. Fore of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, “We’ve got the SBI helping us out on it.”

The sheriff’s office announced on Dec. 22 that Carter had been reported missing from his home on Walnut Drive where he was last seen on Dec. 15. Five days later, deputies found Carter dead in a wooded area off Crump Rd. in Lenoir.

Several of the investigators working on the case were present at the autopsy performed Thursday.

“We’re hoping that will give us a little more information,” Fore said.

He wouldn’t discuss any possible suspects in Carter’s death, how he died or what motive there may have been for murder. Fore said his reluctance to talk stemmed from the fact that investigators don’t have all the answers. They’re asking the public to come forward with new information – not wild theories based on what they’ve read in the media’s coverage of the crime.

“Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information and you don’t have to give them your name,” Fore said.

The photo the sheriff’s office distributed when they announced Carter was missing was a mugshot.

Fore said it was taken when Carter, a registered sex offender, was arrested for pornography – not a crime directly against a person.

“He doesn’t have a history of arrest since then. He’s never been involved with anything violent,” Fore said. “We don’t think that played any part in his death.

Anyone with information about Carter’s death is asked to call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 758-2324 or Crime Stoppers at 758-8300. ..Source.. by Tim Southers | Hickory Daily


Cause of death determined for Lenoir man found earlier this week

12-30-2011 North Carolina:

The cause of death for a Lenoir man who was found dead earlier this week has been determined. The autopsy performed on 32-year-old Matthew Jason Carter determine that he was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.

Carter was reported missing last week and was found dead Tuesday in a wooded area near Crump Road in the Gamewell Community. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case, at this time they are releasing little information.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in determining what happened to Carter. Anyone with any information in in this case is asked to contact the Caldwell County Sheriffs Office at Officials at 828-758-2324 or call Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300. ..Source..

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