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Woman charged in murder of missing 72-year-old man found inside Hickory apartment

Officials said the man appeared to have been dead for multiple days.
Two charged in connection with man's murder in Hickory
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 11:28 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2021 at 4:25 PM EST
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HICKORY, N.C. (WBTV) – A woman and a man have been charged in connection with the murder of a 72-year-old man whose body was found in a Hickory apartment complex, authorities said.

According to the Hickory Police Department, Bryana Martines was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a stolen automobile. She was booked into the Catawba County Jail under no bond.

On Dec. 4, police responded to Startown Road and found 72-year-old Robert Bruce Godfrey dead inside an apartment.

Officials said he appeared to have been dead for multiple days after he was last seen over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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During the initial investigation, Godfrey’s vehicle was discovered missing from the residence and was reported stolen. The stolen vehicle was recovered by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police in the possession of 28-year-old Abraham Adon Jr.

On Dec. 7, Adon was found driving the stolen vehicle. CMPD reportedly tried to stop Adon who fled into South Carolina.

Adon is currently being held in South Carolina awaiting extradition for the charges of possession of stolen motor vehicle and flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle.

An autopsy on Tuesday did confirm aspects of a homicide, authorities said. Toxicology and other reports are still forthcoming.

This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. S. Hudson directly at 828-261-2620.

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