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Second man arrested in death of elderly man

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Lindsey Stikeleather, 88 Lindsey Stikeleather, 88
Bobby Joe Jackson, Jr., 45 Bobby Joe Jackson, Jr., 45
IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Detectives in Iredell County arrested a second man in the murder of an elderly man who went missing and was later found dead.

56-year-old Preston Kirk Long of Oak Knoll Drive in Statesville is charged with accessory after the fact to murder, and felony obstruction of justice.

Detectives say Long was in possession of some of the money stolen from the victim, 88-year-old Lindsey Stikeleather.

Long is being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under $80,000 bond.

45-year-old Bobby Joe Jackson of Statesville was arrested earlier in the investigation.

Detectives say Jackson and the victim were supposed to meet at the bank on Monday, March 25 so Stikeleather could help Jackson repair his broken scooter.

Later that evening, Stikeleather's family reported him missing – say he was going out to collect rent and conduct business at a local bank.

Two days later, officials found Stikeleather's white 1990 Jeep Comanche near the intersection of Lewis Ferry and Lamb Roads.

The next day, Thursday March 28, family members say police found Stikeleather's body in a wooded area near the intersection of Eufola Road near Lynns Lane in Statesville.

Jackson was arrested that same day and charged with murder, kidnapping, and robbery.  

A check of criminal records show Jackson has been arrested at least nine times in the past 10 years, mostly on misdemeanor charges.

Jackson served three months in prison in 2007 for a motor vehicle theft conviction, and  2.5 years in a Georgia prison in the early 1990s for burglary. He also has several charges for stealing cars, assault on a female, and possession of stolen property.

WBTV talked to Stikeleather's daughter, Cathy Stikeleather Dellinger, Wednesday. "He's just the most sweet, kind, loving man and we miss him terribly and we want him home," she said.

Dellinger said her dad was supposed to go grocery shopping for Easter dinner with their mother Monday evening. She said it was just not like her father to disappear and not call them.

"Mom started worrying when he didn't get home for dinner and Daddy's very scheduled and organized about you know, what time lunch is, what time dinner is," she said.

On Thursday morning Jim Wooten, a longtime friend of Stikeleather, drove his pick-up truck down Eufola Road to see for himself where the life of his friend came to an end. 

"I've been around him right much during my life time," Wooten told WBTV. "He was just a good man, never heard anything bad about him in your life."

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