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Suspect on the Lam After Double Murder

Posted November 4, 1997

— Investigators left the scene of a double murder shortly before 10:00 p.m. Thursday. They suspect murder was the motive for a shooting that took the lives of a 70-year-old woman and her daughter. Officers say the woman was known to carry large sums of cash. That may have made her a target.

Sheriff's deputies say 75-year-old Richard Bobbitt made a horrifying discovery when he came home from work. His wife, Stella, was dead in the front seat of her car. Her daughter, Mary Williams, was lying on the ground next to the automobile.

Major Ray Davis says as of Tuesday night, there's no confirmation of exactly what happened, thought it appears both victims died immediately after being shot.

The murders have stunned people in the rural area along A.B. Carter Road, just east of Fayetteville.

Neighbor Albert Fisher says he was surprised altogether by the killings. He thought he would never see something so shocking.

Investigators believe the mother and daughter had just returned from a medical appointment when the shootings happened. The daughter's car, a 1995 green Hyundai, is missing. It appears the car was taken after the murders.

So far, officers have no suspects.

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