Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near a residence in the 1100 block of Howard’s Creek Mill Road. A Cherryville man has been charged in the death and is being sought by authorities.
The Lincoln County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call around 6:20 a.m. Sunday (July 26) concerning a possible physical disturbance at the residence. When officers arrived, they found the victim, 65-year-old Ronald Lee Ewing of Howard’s Creek Mill Road, lying in the driveway deceased.
Detectives developed a suspect in the case and have been searching the area with the SWAT team and Sheriff’s Office drones. The suspect is 33-year-old Johnny Ray Cook of Cherryville. He’s been charged with second-degree murder in connection to Ewing’s death.
Anyone with information on the incident or the whereabouts of Johnny Ray Cook is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.