Cause of Death Determined for NC Mother, Teen Daughter Discovered in Well

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 9, 2016 Updated: December 9, 2016

Authorities say the North Carolina mother and teenage daughter found in a well had been stabbed to death.

The Eastern Regional Medical Examiner’s office tells local media outlets 40-year-old Dawn Ward and 14-year-old Taylor Carroll were both stabbed in the chest.

Their bodies were found Thursday afternoon in a well in Williamston, three days after they had been reported missing.

Dawn Ward’s estranged husband, 25-year-old Jeffrey Ward, was being held without bond on two counts of murder. His brother, 24-year-old Jerrett Ward, faces charges of accessory after the fact and $1 million bond.

The men were appointed public defenders during a court appearance Monday. They are next expected in court December 14. Authorities have not discussed potential motives for the killings.

Jeffrey Todd Ward, 25, Dawn’s husband, was taken into custody on Saturday and was charged with two counts of murder with no bond, according to police, as People magazine report. His brother, Jerrett Cole Ward, 24, was also arrested and charged with two counts of accessory after the fact. He’s being held on $1 million bond.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.