51-year-old Robin Lynn Byrum and 54-year-old Scott Gordon Poole, who are a married couple from Taylorsville, have been arrested and charged with concealing the birth of a child, which is a felony offense. The couple was arrested last Thursday (October 21) by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, the charge was filed by the Nags Head Police Department.
The Town of Nags Head police detectives have been using DNA evidence to solve the case of a Baby Doe whose remains were found in the trash thirty years ago. On April 4, 1991, Nags Head Police officers were dispatched to the 8600 block of East Tides Drive in south Nags Head in reference to human remains found in a trash can rack. Upon arrival, officers found the body of an infant. While at the scene, they were unable to establish Baby Doe’s gender due to decomposition.
Over the years, investigators have examined and re-examined evidence in the case, working to find who was responsible. In 2019, officers began another re-investigation of the case, sending Baby Doe’s rib bone to a private lab in The Woodlands, Texas, for forensic analysis. The lab recovered human DNA from the bone and used that hereditary material to conduct a genealogical profile, which led to a family in North Carolina. Further investigation by Nags Head Police led to the individuals who were arrested last week.
Following their arrests last Thursday, Poole and Byrum were booked into the custody of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office with bond set at $250,000 for each suspect. They have since been transferred and were jailed in the Dare County Detention Center. They had appearances scheduled Monday (October 25) in Dare County District Court. Additional charges may be filed pending further investigation.[Story and photos courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]