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Henderson couple frustrated by lack of answers in son's death

Posted December 28, 2011

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— The parents of a Henderson man whose body was found in a Vance County field almost four months ago say they believe he was killed and they're upset with the investigation conducted by local authorities.

Quentin Yarborough, 32, was last seen by his father on Aug. 4 outside a Raleigh Road convenience store.

A man cutting grass with a tractor ran over Yarborough's body in a field off Old County Home Road, west of Vance Academy Road, on Sept. 1.

"It stays on my mind all the time. We just keep wondering what happened to him," said his father, John Yarborough.

Quentin Yarborough was schizophrenic, according to his parents, and the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert on him six days after his disappearance.

The state Silver Alert system is designed to help locate people who suffer from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

John and Queen Yarborough said they don't understand how their son could have ended up in the field unless someone had killed him and dumped his body there.

Intersection of Old County Home Road and Country Acres Road near Henderson Investigation into man's death frustrates parents

"I don't care where I go, he'd always call me," Queen Yarborough said of her son. "After I didn't hear ... from him, I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what."

The Vance County Sheriff's Office is treating the case as an unexplained death, noting that the medical examiner couldn't determine a cause of death and investigators have found no evidence to suspect foul play.

"It just shocked me, and really, the way they told me, I didn't believe it," John Yarborough said, recalling how he heard of his son's death. "I believe there's some foul play in there somewhere."

Authorities said the case remains under investigation, and the Yarboroughs said they are trying to move forward as they wait for answers.

"I just try to be strong for the family," Queen Yarborough said.

"I (have) heard nothing yet. (I'm) still sitting here waiting," John Yarborough said.

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  • hunter38 Dec 29, 2011

    It's Henderson. They do not have the knowledge or manpower to solve murders. They have a horrible record of trying to do so. If you want to kill someone and get away with it, that is the place to go.

    Perhaps you should go up there and solve it then Sherlock

  • deanfirtick Dec 29, 2011

    It's Henderson. They do not have the knowledge or manpower to solve murders. They have a horrible record of trying to do so. If you want to kill someone and get away with it, that is the place to go.

  • Viewer Dec 29, 2011

    Is there a simple GPS tracking system available that can be worn or carried in pockets by children or impaired adults so that they may be located if they become missing?

  • hunter38 Dec 29, 2011

    Yep blame the police...thats the logical solution....no one else to blame

  • mchljam2 Dec 29, 2011

    Prayers for Gods peace for this family.

  • Ozzie Dec 28, 2011

    Praying that they will find answers. Sometimes the worst thing is just not knowing.

  • dwr1964 Dec 28, 2011

    This is truely a sad situation for this family. I can't say that the cops are showing a lack of concern, but I can't say the parents are wrong either. Sometimes, unexplained things happen. It's just very hard to accept that no answers will every surface. May God be with this family through what is certainly the hardest time of their lives.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Dec 28, 2011

    i understand the wanting to know what happened. with no witnesses, and little to no details/evidence, it will be hard for anyone to figure out what truly happened.

    i lost my husband in july 2009, to a hit and run vs pedestrian. i may never know what truly happened (except for the fact that the troopers did NOT investigate that day, they ASSUMED.)

    my heart goes out to the family, i know it's tough.

  • philster Dec 28, 2011

    Hope they get some closure and peace after this terrible trajedy!!

  • Desiderata Dec 28, 2011

    Sometime there are no answers..praying for the family as they heal.

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