Autopsy: Shots killed Deep Gap couple
by Anna Oakes
Dr. Selly Strauch of Winston-Salem's Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Monday confirmed the preliminary autopsy results for Curtis and Julie Miller, stating she performed the autopsies on Saturday. Strauch said she could not release more information about the autopsy results at the request of a detective in the case.
Obituaries published by Hampton Funeral Service state that Julie Buchberger Miller was 59 and Curtis Miller was 62.
The Watauga County Sheriff's Office has not released additional information about the case since Feb. 28, stating only that the investigation is ongoing.
Sheriff Len Hagaman said Friday evening that no suspects or persons of interest are being sought related to the deaths.
The Sheriff's Office responded to the scene at approximately 2:31 p.m. Friday, and deputies entered the two-story residence and found an unresponsive male and female believed to be in their mid- to late 50s or early 60s, Hagaman said. No vital signs were present.
According to his obituary, Curtis Miller was born Sept. 4, 1951, in Watauga County. He was a truck driver for J.W. Hampton Construction Co. and member of Mount Ephriam Baptist Church. Memorial services for Curtis Miller will be held at the Hampton Funeral Home Chapel in Boone at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Julie Miller's obituary states that she is survived by several relatives in the Boone, Deep Gap and Sugar Grove area. Private memorial services for Julie Miller will be conducted at a later date, the obituary stated.