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Reward offered after man found bound, dead inside Stanly Co. home


A reward is being offered for new information after deputies say a man's body was found bound to a chair inside a Stanly County home earlier this week.

Stanly County Sheriff Rick Burris told WBTV that CrimeStoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information in the death of 27-year-old Jason Whitney Burleson.

Investigators say Burleson was found bound to a chair inside his home along the 27000 block of Groves Road, just outside of Albemarle, on Sunday afternoon.

"Evidence at the residence indicated that Burleson was the victim of a homicide committed by unknown person or persons," deputies told WBTV.

Sheriff Burris told WBTV that his department is "aggressively investigating" the case and that they are doing a number of interviews. 

"It's going to take some time, we have to cover all of our bases," Burris said on Wednesday morning. "But hopefully we'll be able to make an arrest."

News of Burleson's death has shaken his neighbors. Kirk Scofield has lived in Albemarle all his life and hopes detectives catch whoever is responsible.

"It's crazy. It's just not normal for this town," he said. "What if he's loose and on the run to get another one?" he wondered.

"I'm sort of scared to go anywhere late at night by myself or anything," Cynthia Merrit told WBTV. Merrit was out Tuesday, in one of the shopping centers just a few yards from the murder scene.

She says it's the big talker in town today.

"We've never had no real bad crime like this here in Albemarle, this is sort of frightening to me."

"I think it was awful." said Pearl Chambers.

She doesn't have a lot of sympathy for those who commit such an act. 

"I think the one done it probably wanted something from him, and I think they should catch him and shoot him, I don't think they should put him in jail, just shoot him."

Late Tuesday afternoon WBTV watched as investigators expanded the crime scene near the house on Groves Road.  Crime scene tape was placed around a 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora that was parked across the street from the house, and an SBI agent was seen looking in the car.

A man who claimed to know Burleson said he was familiar with the car and that he had seen it at the house many times before, but the also said that the car did not belong to Burleson.

The State Bureau of Investigations has been called in to assist with the investigation.

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