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Suspect charged after man found shot to death in overturned vehicle in Rowan County

Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:19 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 10:50 AM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - What initially appeared to be a fatal traffic crash in southern Rowan County a week earlier is now being investigated as a homicide, and one man is facing murder charges.

The crash happened just before noon in the 1000 block of Saw Road, about a mile south of the intersection with Highway 152 in China Grove. Troopers and emergency responders found a car off the road and on its roof.

The driver, identified as 28-year-old Edward Geouge III, was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Thursday investigators with the Rowan Sheriff’s Office discovered what they say was new evidence that led them to believe Geouge may have been run off the road by another vehicle and then fatally injured.

On Friday, the Medical Examiner confirmed Geouge had been fatally shot.

Just under a week later, deputies charged Rene Oscar Gomez Jr with murder in connection to Geouge’s death. Officials say Gomez had been arrested the day after the crash on unrelated charges of sex offender failing to notify a change of address.

Gomez is now being held without bond.

Investigators have not released a possible motive for the crime or said what evidence led to Gomez being named as a suspect.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rowan Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700, or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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