Crime

Woman, teen found slain at Apex house

A woman and a teenage girl were found dead early Saturday, and Wake County sheriff’s deputies said a suspect in the killings was found dead later that morning in Harnett County.

The woman and the girl, 17, appear to have been shot, and the suspect died of a gunshot wound that apparently was self-inflicted, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies called to perform a welfare check after 12:45 a.m. found Melissa Mitchell McLain, 44, and Ashley Nicole Fite dead inside a house in the 7600 block of Humie Olive Road, Apex. Authorities say Lemuel Gabriel Miller, 47, was a suspect in the two killings.

Miller and his vehicle were found about 8 a.m. along Cooper Store Road in Harnett County.

Wake County Public School System officials couldn’t be reached Saturday to confirm whether Fite was a student.

Miller didn’t have any prior criminal convictions, according to a N.C. Department of Public Safety database.

He ran a business out of the Apex house, which is in the Friendship area, according to records filed with the N.C. secretary of state. North Carolina Commercial Services, which he incorporated in 2010, is a landscaping company.

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