UPDATE: Man arrested after body found in Caldwell County yard

UPDATE: Man arrested after body found in Caldwell County yard


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 12:22 PM

LENOIR, N.C. --  Caldwell County authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a suspicious death.

A man’s body was found outside of a home on Flintstone Court around 6 a.m. Thursday.

A witness on the scene told NBC Charlotte the body was badly injured, suffering multiple traumas to the upper torso. A neighbor says the body was discovered by the homeowner

The sheriff’s office identified the victim as Raoul Anton Dula of Lenoir. No official word yet on how he died.

Investigators said Friday they arrested Earl Franklin Moore Jr. and booked him into Caldwell County Detention Center with no bond.

Sue Kanupp, lives nearby, and made her way out of the neighborhood in her SUV with her two children after the discovery.

 "I just don't feel comfortable not knowing if the person was killed, dumped or what's going on, so we are just going to leave," she said.

Deputies soon canvassed the neighborhood after finding the body.

"They just asked if we heard anything, or saw suspicious activity in the area," says one man, who lives 150 yards from the house surrounded by deputies.

He believes the homeowner did not know the victim, and says that raises more questions on how the body ended up there.

A deputy guarded and monitored the entrance of the subdivision, taking down names on a clipboard of drivers passing through.

 "It's a scene I wouldn't want to see again," says Chris Blevins.

Blevins is a volunteer with a local fire department. He was among the first to respond to the call.

"He was in very bad shape. I just did what I'm trained to do, which was to identify and realize there was nothing we could do. It was like 6 o’clock this morning. We were there very shortly—three to four minutes after the call. He could have been there all night, or an hour, nobody knows.”

Many residents describe the area as relatively peaceful, but tell NBC Charlotte they hear loud noises at night often. Kanupp says she did not hear anything out of the ordinary Wednesday night.

"My son said he heard gunshots, but it's the norm. You hear gunshots, you hear fireworks, you hear a lot of commotion like dogs barking all night long," she said.

The sheriff says investigators are treating the scene as if the crime was committed in the yard, but depending on what is discovered during the course of the investigation, details can change.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department.