Missing North Carolina Mom, Teen Daughter, Found Dead in Well

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 4, 2016 Updated: December 4, 2016

North Carolina authorities say the bodies of a mother and teenage daughter have been found in a well, three days after they were reported missing. Local reports said that two arrests have been made.

Local media reports quoted officials in Martin County saying the bodies of 40-year-old Dawn Ward and 14-year-old Taylor Carroll were found Thursday in Williamston, about 10 miles from their home.

Jeffrey Ward, 25, of Williamston has been charged with two counts of murder, and he’s being held without bond, WNCN reported. Meanwhile, Jerrett Ward, 24, of Williamston is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.

It’s unclear what relationship the suspects have with the two dead women.

Ward’s mother was the last known person to see the two. She told investigators she knew something was wrong when she saw a broken window in her daughter’s mobile home, which is near hers.

Later, officials discovered the pair inside a well that was had about 30 feet of water. The recovery of their bodies took hours, deputies told WNCN.

A charter school where Taylor was a student canceled classes on Friday.

According to WITN-TV in Greenville, the pair were last seen at their Everetts home Sunday night at around 10:30 p.m.  A day later, they were reported missing by Ward’s mother.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Drew Robinson, speaking with WNCN, said he won’t comment on their causes of death. 

Autopsies are planned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.