Two people were found deceased as a result of gunshot wounds Friday night (October 1) and a death investigation is reportedly underway, according to the Newton Police Department.
Newton Police and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls regarding two people who had been reported missing, one from the Newton jurisdiction and one from Catawba County. Police were contacted at approximately 11 p.m. Friday.
Police found matching vehicles in a parking lot of the Observer News Enterprise newspaper on North College Avenue in Newton. The two people reported missing, a woman and man, were found dead inside the business, according to police reports. The two individuals had been in a relationship prior to the incident. The deceased were identified as 55-year-old Cindy J. Hull and 58-year-old Larry B. Brigham, both of Newton.
It was not known what connection, if any, the two people had to the business. A statement from the Newton Police Department says that this appears to be an isolated incident and there were no remaining threats to the community.
This is an ongoing investigation between the Newton Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430 or the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-465-8340.[Rick Gilbert from WACB contributed to this story]