WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police and Forsyth County officials said they recovered remains of a missing man in the Everidge Road investigation during a press conference Friday.
Winston-Salem police say after digging for five days, they recovered the body of Aaron Wood, a construction worker who was reported missing in 2019 while working in the area.
"We have notified his family to let them know that we believe we recovered his remains. I just can't tell you enough how the effort of Chief Penn's officers, homicide detectives out here made this all possible to bring peace to a family that has long wondered what happened to their loved one," said Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O'Neill.
Police say they have since arrested 48-year-old Kenneth Evan Cox in connection to hiding human remains of unnatural death.
Cox is currently behind bars under a million-dollar bond. He's scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Police want the public to know that the current property owner has been cooperating and is not involved in the criminal case.
Neighbors say the property is a former horse farm.
Forsyth County property records indicate the farm has had a previous owner.
Records obtained by WFMY News 2 show the previous owner was charged and convicted in 2011 with several animal cruelty charges.
The property changed hands in 2016.
Throughout the week crews have been seen digging in the same area. People who live in the area have been watching them go on and off the property.
"We've been curious about the case that's been going on, just kind of mysterious," said Sharon Taylor.
One woman who lives on the street has even considered moving following two investigations in recent years.
"Because it's too close to home, I don't like it. I don't care if I have to give it away. I really don't. If I find out, you know, what's going on, the public needs to know. I want to know!" she exclaimed.
The woman said in recent months, she has noticed activity at the property. She recalls a bonfire near where the digging is taking place.
Stay with us for updates as this is an ongoing investigation.
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