IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. – An 80-year-old Statesville man was found dead inside his home and investigators have a description of a person of interest.
Deputies discovered the body of Hugh Lee Moose Tuesday evening after responding to a 911 hang up call from his Shiloh Road home.
"The way I understand it, there wasn't no money taken or anything like that so I don't know what the deal is," said Moose's brother-in-law, Barry Majors.
Majors says he was with Moose no more than an hour before deputies found him dead of a gunshot wound.
"Maybe I should've stayed around with him, you don't know, always wonder what you could've done, but there's nothing I can do now, I guess," he said.
Neighbors say they are concerned about their safety.
"I've never feared for my safety or my home or anything like that in the three years that I lived right here in this park and now it makes you wonder who is walking around," said neighbor Sandra Carter.
Investigators say a man was spotted walking near Moose's home Tuesday night not long before he died. They describe him as a white, about 5'10" between the ages of 25 and 35. He was seen wearing a Carhart-style overalls and a dark colored backpack.
Detectives say a witness told them the unidentified man stopped at a home and asked to use the phone. He said he had been walking a long time and was trying to get to Old Mountain Road. The witness told police that the man never took off his gloves and asked them to dial the number for him.
"We would really like to ask the public if they've seen anything between 5:30 p.m. yesterday and 7 p.m. last night that they contact the Sheriff's Office," said Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.
If you have information about this case, you can call the Iredell Sheriff's Office homicide hotline 704-928-9804. This is the first homicide in Iredell County in 2017.