'It's still not real to us:' Family reacts to woman, man found dead in bullet-riddled car
Posted August 14
Updated August 16
Sanford, N.C. — The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a two people were found dead Monday afternoon inside a car in Sanford.
A person located the grey Toyota Camry, which had multiple bullet holes in the windshield and hood, on the side of a dirt path near Buffalo Lakes Road and Twin Ponds Road just after 3 p.m.
The person who found the vehicle went to a nearby convenience store, where a clerk dialed 911 and alerted deputies, who found the bodies of Bryant James Rosser, 27, and Kelcie Lynn Vann, 24, both of Lee County, in the front seat.
"I can now tell you there are multiple gunshots into the vehicle," said Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats.
The deaths are being investigated as a homicide and deputies said Rosser and Vann sustained gunshot wounds.
The car has been removed from the scene, but police said it is still a very active investigation.
Vann's father, Jason Vann, said he never expected to get the call he received Monday. His 24-year-old daughter's life was just beginning, as she had just finished dental school, and was looking for a job.
"It's just a shock. It's not something you ever want to bury your child," he said. "Kelcie was a wonderful, beautiful young girl that did not deserve this kind of tragedy."
Vann's relatives called the victims "new friends" and may have been romantically linked. But they do not know why they were parked there and who may have killed them.
Vann's aunt, Laura Thomas, is composing a eulogy for her niece.
"She's our little butterfly. Our ray of sunshine," Thomas said. "It's still not real to us. It's so tragic."
Authorities said they do not know the motive behind the shooting and have no suspect information.
Anybody with information is asked to call the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office at 910-893-9111.