Authorities believe they found the body of missing King man Arzell Tuttle Wednesday night, confirming suspicions about the 86-year-old's disappearance.
Tuttle's case involved multiple agencies in North Carolina and Virginia since he was reported missing last weekend. Here's a timeline of what we know:
- Tuttle was last seen at his home on E. King Street in King.
- Forsyth County Emergency Communications got a report of a suspicious fire on Kentucky Avenue in Winston-Salem Friday night. Tuttle's car, a silver 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, was found abandoned and burned. A family member told communications they couldn't find Tuttle.
- A Silver Alert was issued for Tuttle Saturday morning by King Police and the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons.
- King Police say they suspect foul play and say Tuttle could have been victim to an assault or kidnapping after searching his home.
- King police chief Paula May confirmed they found evidence of a violent crime at Tuttle's house and inside his car.
- King Police were alerted to two people of interest seen Friday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. near where Tuttle's car was found. They released descriptions of a man and woman along with an early 2000s model, Pontiac Grand Am they were seen traveling in.
- Authorities find a body in Fancy Gap, Virginia that they believe is Tuttle's. The body has still yet to be officially identified.
- Police identify Tuttle's accused murderer as 20-year-old Christian Willard of Winston-Salem. Willard is arrested and being held in the Stokes County Detention Center on first-degree murder charges.
- Police revealed they believe Tuttle was murdered at his home between the evening hours of Jan. 9 and the morning of Jan. 10.
- Willard has first court appearance in Stokes County Court. The judge denied him bond. He's due back in court on February 13, 2019.
- Friends tell us more about Arzell Tuttle. He was known in several areas of Stokes County. We're told he used to own a restaurant in Germanton and used to live by Walnut Cove, where he would shop and get his hair cut downtown.