PITTSBORO — Deputies charged two Orange County men Tuesday with the murder of a woman found Oct. 10 near Chicken Bridge in northern Chatham County.
Brian Keith Whitfield, 24, and Caleb Shaddie Wyland, 25, both of 3400 Carl Durham Road, Chapel Hill, were charged with first-degree murder.
They are accused of killing Daphne Forster, 38, of 261 Jim Gilliland Road, Siler City, who was reported missing Oct. 11 by her mother. She was last seen at Cruizers Convenience Marketplace in Pittsboro about 10:20 p.m. Oct. 9.
Both men are being held in the Chatham County Jail under no bail and are scheduled to appear Nov. 19 in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro. Additional charges are pending, deputies reported.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested the men around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at their home.
Wyland, who was on probation at the time of his arrest, was released in May from the Orange County Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison in Hillsborough.
He served roughly three years for two felony convictions for discharging a firearm into occupied property, misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon on government officers and misdemeanor communicating threats.
Wyland also was convicted in 2007 of driving while his license was revoked, driving while consuming a controlled substance under age 21 and discharging a firearm into occupied property. In 2008, he was convicted again of driving while his license was revoked, and in 2009, he was convicted of assault on a female, larceny of motor fuel and assault inflicting serious injury on a law/probation or parole officer.
Whitfield was convicted in 2009 of felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury in Orange County.
Investigators found the car in which Forster was last seen alive about 4 a.m. Monday at a hotel on Guess Road in Durham, according to a news release. SBI crime scene specialists took the car, a Chevrolet Cavalier, for processing.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has not said how Forster died. Her body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy, but no cause of death has been disclosed.
Anyone with information that could be related to the homicide investigation, should call Detective Will Summers of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-542-2911.