A man was arrested Wednesday in connection to the murder of a 63-year-old woman at her home in Burke County.
According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, 37-year-old Joshua Nathaniel Beard was arrested for the murder of Robin B. Teague.
Beard was arrested in South Carolina. Deputies went to South Carolina Wednesday on information that he was there. Authorities searched a home in Caldwell County Tuesday and seized a "truck of interest" in the homicide investigation.
On Wednesday, investigators released pictures of a truck in connection with the death of 63-year-old Robin Teague.
Officials say Teague was found in her home on the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 70, in Icard, around 7:30 p.m. June 17 by one of her daughters. When deputies and medical crews arrived, they found Teague deceased on the floor inside.
Authorities say Teague was killed by blunt force trauma to the head.
Sheriff Steve Whisenant says investigators developed Beard as a suspect through “Old-fashioned police work.”
Whisenant says people were interviewed, tips were followed and leads developed. A key lead came from surveillance video from a local car wash that showed a truck driving on highway 70 just after the time of the murder. Because a tip had come in earlier about a truck, investigators distributed the picture and people started calling with information.
“That’s how we developed a suspect,” said Whisenant.
A subsequent search of the home where Beard lived in Caldwell County did turn up some evidence that investigators say they believe connects him to the crime scene. Whisenant would not elaborate on that.
Meanwhile, extradition proceedings have already begun and officials hope to have Beard back in North Carolina and in Burke County within a few days.
A murder warrant will be served on him as soon as they cross the line into North Carolina.
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