Cleveland County man murdered outside his home

CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A 41-year-old man was murdered outside his home in Cleveland County Tuesday morning.

Captain Bobby Steen with the Sheriff's Office said Timothy Lynn Thomas left his home on Marys Grove Church Road around 5 a.m. to go to his job in South Carolina.

At 6:26 am, his wife made a call to 911 after finding him dead beside his vehicle.

Investigators are treating this as a homicide, but are not releasing how he died.

Detectives are speaking to neighbors and relatives, but no one saw or heard anything at the time of his death.

Steen said robbery was not a motive was asked.

He would not comment on whether the victim's wife is a suspect.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office at 704-484-4888.