WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Winston-Salem Police are investigating after a 75-year-old man was found dead and his body dismembered.
Police identified the victim as John Douglas Agnew. Police were called to Agnew’s home on Timberline Drive on Monday afternoon for a welfare check after family members became concerned.
Police said Agnew’s car is missing and they're attempting to locate the vehicle. The vehicle is a silver 2003 Mazda Miata convertible with a North Carolina registration plate of ZNY-4120.
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Police also are working with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office to determine if Agnew’s murder is related to the human remains recovered in Randolph County. The remains were discovered on Canter Road in Archdale and on the same day.
Agnew's family released a statement Wednesday that was distributed to news outlets:
"The Agnew family requests privacy during this especially difficult and tragic time. We ask friends, neighbors and the community to respect our decision to privately grieve the loss of our beloved John Douglas Agnew. We thank law enforcement for their dedicated service and encourage anyone with information to please come forward and assist with the investigation. We would like to extended our deepest gratitude to all for the heartwarming outpouring of prayers and support as our family comes together to heal."
If you have any information call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.