WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) — A man killed his wife and his father — apparently leaving a toddler alive locked in a room alone — in a Wilson County home, officials said Saturday evening.
Authorities are now looking for the suspect in the killings – a man they believe has possibly flown to California from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, officials said.
Deputies discovered the bodies of two adults and an alive toddler locked in a bedroom after they were called to check on a person around 7:25 p.m. Friday at 4104 Evansdale Road, according to a news release from Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.
“The caller advised that Mr. Dennis Joyner did not show up for work on that day which was unusual of him,” deputies said.
After knocking, deputies did not receive a response and saw a toddler alive inside a bedroom.
Once inside, authorities found Michelle Joyner, 36, who was the mother of the toddler, dead on the floor, deputies said.
Dennis Ray Joyner, 63, who was the toddler’s grandfather, was also found dead inside the home. Deputies said they believe the pair were killed early Friday morning.
A warrant for two counts of murder has been issued for Michael Allen Joyner, 38, who officials say lived at the home, authorities said.
Deputies said Michael Joyner was the husband of Michelle Joyner and the son of Dennis Ray Joyner.
“…our investigation indicated that (Michael Joyner) possibly boarded a flight to Los Angeles, California,” deputies said.
“The suspect vehicle was located and seized by Wilson County Sheriff’s Offices detectives at Raleigh-Durham International Airport,” deputies added.
Joyner is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts should use caution and contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 252-237-2118, officials said.
Authorities did not say how the pair were killed.
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