Sheriff: Two dead in Deep Gap
by Anna Oakes
Watauga County Sheriff's Office Capt. Dee Dee Rominger said Monday that the investigation of the deaths of two people found Feb. 28 at 447 Wildwood Drive in Deep Gap is ongoing.
As of Monday morning, the Sheriff's Office would not confirm the names of the two adults, said to be in their 50s or 60s, despite repeated requests from Watauga Democrat. Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman cited concerns about the family and a desire to receive autopsy results in declining to release the names.
A secretary for the autopsy service at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem confirmed that the hospital's regional forensic pathology center performed the victims' autopsies over the weekend.
The Sheriff's Office has not released details about the suspected cause of the deaths. 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.
Information and forensic evidence obtained during the investigation is being processed for review by the medical examiner, he added.
"The WCSO Investigators are still processing information to present to the medical examiner's office. Thus, no determination as to cause has been made," Hagaman said.
Hagaman said a be-on-the-lookout alert was initially issued for a white vehicle that was normally at the residence but could not be found, but authorities later canceled the alert when they learned the vehicle was at a local repair shop.
The Sheriff's Office has not yet responded to Watauga Democrat's request for a copy of the incident report.
This story is developing. Check wataugademocrat.com for more details as they become available.