A report to an emergency dispatcher describes an 83-year-old woman finding the bodies of her brother and his housemate in their home. Family members, many of whom who also live on Howard Street in Fuquay-Varina where the dead men were found, also reported a door kicked in, missing vehicles and a predawn disturbance at the house before the deaths were discovered on Saturday afternoon.
On Monday, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office made public the 911 recordings, but no arrests were announced in the shooting deaths of Arthur Lee Brown, 78, and David Eugene McKoy, 66.
Family members suspected a home invasion and robbery turned deadly. Brown’s nephew, Carl Diggs of Moncure, said a recent birthday party for his uncle had been well-attended, but drew some people that they didn’t know. The family members also think someone disconnected cameras attached to his house on last week and pointed them upward.
“The basement door coming up from the stairs has been kicked in,” a woman told a 911 emergency dispatcher on Saturday after Brown’s sister walked across the street from her home and found the bodies after telephone calls to Brown from family members were unanswered.
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“One car is missing from the home. Nobody usually drives it,” said the 911 caller, whose name was not available. “We assumed someone was in the house because all the other cars are here.”
The woman 911 caller, who also lives on Howard Road, told the dispatcher that her husband went outside to walk their dogs between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday. She said her husband thought there might have been some type of disturbance at Brown and McKoy’s home because their dogs were barking and there was a light on inside the house.
The 911 caller also told the dispatcher that Brown had tenants who lived in the rear of the home.
Capt. James Stevens, a sheriff’s spokesman, on Monday declined comment when asked if police have any leads in their search for the person or persons responsible for the men’s deaths.
Diggs said he and Brown’s sister found him kneeling over the bed in his room in a white T-shirt blotted with dried blood.
Diggs said another family member found McKoy in another room and said it appeared he’d been shot once in the head.
Brown, who was well-known in the Fuquay neighborhood, and McKoy are both longtime Wake County residents. Brown had worked as a concrete contractor for more than three decades, according to a family member. McKoy was described as a family friend living with Brown.
The two men had been went through recent tragedies. Diggs said the sister of Brown’s wife died about a month and a half ago. McKoy’s mother died two weeks afterward.