The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday it has found the car that was taken Friday during a Warren County home invasion in which an elderly woman was killed and her husband injured when their house was set on fire.
The SBI says the car belonged to Nancy and John Alford, who returned to their home in Littleton on Friday to find two masked men in the house. According to reports, one of the intruders drove Nancy Alford to the State Employees’ Credit Union in Roanoke Rapids to withdraw funds from a teller machine while the second stayed at the home with John Alford.
When the first intruder returned with Nancy Alford, the criminals beat John Alford, then bound him and his wife, set the house on fire, and left in the couple’s car, reports say.
Nancy Alford, 76, died in the fire. John Alford escaped but was unable to save his wife. Neighbors found him and he was airlifted to Duke University Hospital for treatment. Alford is a pastor at a church in Virginia.
Investigators did not say where they found the 2011 silver Mercedes C-300. Authorities have not released a description of the suspects.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 252-257-3456, or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-779-8188 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or 800-334-3000 after business hours.