Police seek your help to solve arson, murder

An AberdeenTimes.com photo

An AberdeenTimes.com photo

Original report published on AberdeenTimes.com

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the death of Elden Kitson Vanderwall.

Vanderwall was found murdered within his burnt residence at approximately 4:20 am on Saturday, Aug. 23, located at 216 Brewer Road near the Westmoore Community.

A reward is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest of the person(s) involved in the incident.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to call the Moore County Sheriff’s Office at910-947-2931 or can anonymously call the Moore County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 910-947-4444.

According to AberdeenTimes.com, firefighters were called out to a house fire located off of Dover Church Road in the Westmoore Community was found to be on fire by a person driving past the home around 4:30 a.m.

According to firefighters, the home had already burned almost to the ground by the time the first fire truck arrived. Two cars parked beside of the home were also burned in the fire. A commercial building behind the house was heavily damaged by the heat from the fires.

At the entrance to the driveway is a sign that reads Lantern Hill Pottery, and the large commercial building behind the home was reported to be the pottery operation.

Inside of the home firefighters located a body, where someone had died in the fire. According to Moore County Sheriff’s Department Captain Bill Mackey, there was a death in the fire however authorities can not release the identity of the fires victim until after it has been confirmed by an autopsy.

The fire’s cause and the death are both currently under investigation by the Moore County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Moore County Sheriff’s Department.

Responding to the fire Saturday were units with Westmoore Fire Department, Highfalls Fire Department, Robbins Fire & Rescue, Eagle Springs Fire Department, Seven Lakes Fire Department, Montgomery County Fire Station 4, Moore County EMS, Moore County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Moore County Sheriff’s Department.

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