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Surveillance video led to arrests in Siler City woman's death

Posted October 24, 2012

— Chatham County authorities investigating the homicide of a Siler City woman who disappeared two weeks ago say her car helped lead them to two men now charged in her death.

Brian Keith Whitfield, 24, and Caleb Shaddie Wyland, 25, both of 3400 Carl Durham Road in Chapel Hill, were each arrested Tuesday on a count of first-degree murder Tuesday in the death of Daphne Forster, 38.

She was last seen leaving her job at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro on Oct. 9, and her partially burned body was found the next day along Chicken Bridge Road in northern Chatham County.

Although he would not say how, Chatham County Sheriff Richard Webster said Wednesday that Forster knew the suspects and that surveillance video connected the men to Forster's 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier, which was found outside a Super 8 hotel on Guess Road in Durham early Monday.

"It's tragic that Daphne died in this situation, but it's always good to get the suspects," Webster said. "We feel pretty confident that these are the people that committed the crime."

Investigators, however, still don't have a motive for the crime, Webster said.

Forster's father, Jerry Forster, of Oregon, said he doesn't know how his daughter knew Whitfield or Wyland.

"It's just a total shock," he said. "It's very frustrating that we don't know all the details of why this happened."

Jerry Forster said his daughter was a kind woman who loved to travel and had recently moved to Siler City from Oregon.

She leaves behind her two sisters and parents.

"Children are supposed to bury you. You're not supposed to bury your children," Jerry Forster said. "Nothing compares to the loss of your child."


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  • Rebelyell Oct 26, 2012

    More murders because the bad guys don't have any fear of prison. How full do the prisons need to get before we get tough on murder?

  • fitteryou Oct 24, 2012

    It is sad. Why did they kill her?

  • jenniferd Oct 24, 2012

    RIP Daphne....this is so unbelievably tragic and sad for her family and friends....we love you!!!!

  • Scubagirl Oct 24, 2012

    Condolences to the family. Dad is right, parents are not supposed to bury their children......

  • lovecary Oct 24, 2012

    Sending prayers for strength and condolences to the family. Ms Forster had a lovely smile and it is not hard to imagine a lovely personality as well. May she rest in peace.

  • babbleon Oct 24, 2012

    My sympathy to Ms. Forster's family.

  • piene2 Oct 24, 2012

    "Couple of real tough fellows. Hope they look so tough when they are shufflin' into Central Prison.

    Did I miss the trial?

  • passport423 Oct 24, 2012

    My condolences to the family of Ms. Forster. I can only imagine the pain they are going through.

  • pappy1 Oct 24, 2012

    Couple of real tough fellows. Hope they look so tough when they are shufflin' into Central Prison.

  • raleighdurham Oct 24, 2012