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Man shot to death in Harnett County

Posted July 6, 2008
Updated July 11, 2008

— Harnett County sheriff deputies are investigating a fatal shooting.

It happened at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at 535 Milton Welch in Sanford.

Upon arrival, deputies found Josh Barnes Batts, 67, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Batts’ body was sent to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

Anyone with information on Batts' death is asked to call the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office at 910-893-9111.


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  • blueangelchild2001 Jul 8, 2008

    My aunt lives about three houses down from where it happened.

  • TomLynda Jul 7, 2008

    Milton Welch is about a mile inside the Harnett County Line. My granddaughter lives not too far from that area.

  • Glass Half Full Jul 7, 2008

    Milton Welch Road is in Harnett County but has a Sanford address, just like addresses around "Duncan" have a Fuquay-Varina address, Olde Farm have a Spring Lake address, etc.

  • TheAdmiral Jul 7, 2008

    Why is Harnett County Sherrif's investigating a Lee County Murder? The story is somewhat misleading, since Harnett County does not have Sanford in it at all. Sanford is in the Heart of Lee County.