IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The search continues for whoever killed a well-known Iredell County businessman in his home a year ago.
"It has been one year since Hugh Moose was murdered in his home," deputies said Tuesday of Moose, who was shot to death in his home on Shiloh Road in Statesville Jan. 10, 2017.
Deputies responded to a 911 call around 7:30 that night. When they arrived. they saw Moose, 80, through a window inside the home.
An unidentified white male between 25 and 35 years old was seen talking with Moose near the carport door about an hour before his body was discovered, deputies say.
The man was around 5'10" with light brown or sandy blonde hair and was wearing light-colored Carhartt-style overalls. He was also carrying a dark backpack.
"This person was seen walking away from the area of the victim's home within minutes of when of the first 911 call was placed," deputies say.
Witnesses reported seeing the man in the area as early as 5 p.m.
Moose's family is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
The unidentified man went to another home in the area and asked to use the telephone, where he reportedly asked for a ride and said that he had been walking from East Broad Street and was trying to get to Old Mountain Road.
"The man never took his gloves off and ask the citizen to dial a number for him. It is believed the number started with 704-350. It is also believed that neither call was completed so no record exist," deputies said.
Family and friends say Moose had also been with a woman in the months prior to his death. The unidentified woman, who Moose said he had trouble understanding because of her accent, is around 25 years old with dark hair and a medium build.
Deputies say the woman may have been using drugs, based on information received.
Moose owned Hugh's Sheet Metal and also had rental properties, according to neighbors.
Deputies released a sketch of the man, who they say had a medium skin tone.
"This sketch is a depiction of the man described walking in the area of Shiloh Road January 10, 2017 wearing Carhartt type clothing. Detectives believe someone has information and may not realize the importance. It could be anything from a friend calling asking for a ride from the area to seeing someone you know walking that day who meets the description," deputies said.
Investigators are asking that anyone who knows the identity of, or who had contact with the unidentified man, or with any information in regard to the homicide of Hugh Moose to call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Homicide Hotline at (704) 928-9804. Callers can remain anonymous.