Pembroke, N.C. — Robeson County authorities were investigating Wednesday the deaths of a 65-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman whose bodies were found Tuesday evening at an apartment in Pembroke.
Dennis Scott said he stopped at the apartment in the 10000 block of N.C. Highway 711 West to check on his father when he found him and his nurse dead.
"I touched my dad, and he was cold. He wasn’t moving. I knew he was dead," Scott said Wednesday. "I just backed out of the apartment, shut the door and called 911."
Ben Franklin Scott was dead on the floor with his billfold missing, and Krystal Long, who lived in the apartment with him, was dead in a chair, Dennis Scott said.
Sheriff Ken Sealey said the bodies have been sent to a medical examiner for autopsies to determine the cause of death.
It was unclear how long the bodies were in the apartment before they were found.
Sealey said there was no sign of forced entry, but he didn't release any other details in the investigation.
"Everybody loved Ben. He was a good boy," said Gladys Maynor, Ben Scott's mother. "If he had any enemies, I don't know anything about it."
Ben Scott, who had throat cancer and had suffered a heart attack, stayed with a relative in Laurinburg most weekdays and returned to his apartment on weekends. This week was different, however, since his relative was on vacation, Maynor said.
Long had been living in the apartment for about a month, said her father, Rev. Keith Long, pastor of Burnt Swamp Baptist Church in Robeson County.
"(Ben Scott) gave a helping hand, and she, in turn, gave a helping hand," Keith Long said.
Krystal Long is the second child he's lost this year. In March, another daughter died from what he described as a "medical emergency."
"God will see us through," he said.