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Woman finds daughter killed in Fayetteville apartment

Posted December 27, 2011
Updated December 28, 2011

— A Fayetteville woman made a horrifying discovery Monday night when she found her daughter dead inside the young woman's apartment.

Betty Spino went to the Cambridge Arms apartment complex, off McPherson Church Road, to check on her daughter after several phone calls to her went unanswered.

Her daughter, Kandice Presley, 26, had moved to the complex only 10 days earlier.

Spino said Tuesday that she found the door to Presley's apartment was unlocked, and when she pushed it open, she found Presley's bloodied body lying face-down in the entryway, covered by a blanket.

Police haven't released details as to how Presley died or when she might have been killed.

Spino said she last saw her daughter on Thursday when they ran errands. They had planned to get together for dinner Monday night, she said.

Presley talked online with her husband, Army Sgt. Onsbey Presley, on Christmas Eve. He has been deployed to South Korea for about 10 months.

Woman found dead in Fayetteville apartment Woman found dead in Fayetteville apartment

Spino said she noticed that a television, computer and video-game system were missing from Presley's apartment, but police haven't said whether robbery was a motive in the slaying.

Neighbors told WRAL News that they had seen a man at the apartments a few days ago who was threatening Presley. He was yelling from the street that he would hurt her and was demanding money, they said.

Police said officers responded to a disturbance on Christmas Eve at the apartment building where Presley lived, but they offered no details about the incident.

Spino said Christmas has been a difficult time for her family in recent years, following the Dec. 29, 2009, death of Presley's stepfather, Army Staff Sgt. Ronald Spino, in Afghanistan.


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  • ryanbella11 Dec 29, 2011

    You will be missed my sweet friend...i promise this person will be caught.... You are forever missed

  • nurse.k Dec 28, 2011

    That is so beyond tragic. So sad for her mom. Sending prayers and warm wishes.

  • not my real name Dec 28, 2011

    he shouldn't be too hard to find. Go get him boys.

  • mchljam2 Dec 28, 2011

    Prayers for Gods peace for this family!!! So sad, hope this is resolved quickley for their sake.

  • fatkatts2 Dec 28, 2011

    Condolences to the family. Haven't they been through enough already? I sure hope they find the knucklehead to did this and give him is due.

  • LovemyPirates Dec 28, 2011

    This is a very dangerous person to break in and kill. Everyone in Fayetteville should be very cautious!

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Dec 27, 2011

    aww. can't imagine how mom is feeling right now... losing husband, now daughter. and sgt presley - not being there for his wife, he must be feeling so helpless and lost. prayers and thoughts!

  • doovinator Dec 27, 2011

    they'll catch this guy