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Authorities tight-lipped about Henderson murder investigation

Posted February 10, 2016 3:58 p.m. EST
Updated February 10, 2016 6:41 p.m. EST

— Two days after a Vance County grand jury indicted four people on murder charges in the death of a missing Henderson man, authorities have released few details of the case.

Chelsea Joanne Collier, 21, Daniel Blake Grissom, 18, Jessica Lauren Lewis, 18, and Chase M. Wiesner were each indicted on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Marcus Lamont Fields.

Fields, 36, was the subject of a Silver Alert issued Jan. 11 because he hadn't been seen in a couple of weeks and had a cognitive impairment. The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled the Silver Alert on Tuesday.

The indictments allege he was killed on Dec. 29 but provide no other details.

Vance County Sheriff Peter White said Wednesday that Fields' body hasn't been found, but he declined to discuss why investigators believe he is dead, a motive for the alleged crime or how the four people were connected to him.

Relatives of Fields also are saying little about the case.

"He was a real good guy, a family guy," said his cousin, Queena Richardson. "All he ever really wanted to do was take care of his kids, work and take care of his kids."

Fields, a mechanic and the father of three children, was separated from his wife and lived alone in a house on Poplar Street in Henderson.

"He helped anybody. He'd do what he had to do to help anybody," Richardson said.

The four suspects were being held without bond in the Vance County jail. A fifth person, Shannon Tingen Collier, 39, was indicted on a charge of accessory after the fact of murder and was being held under a $50,000 bond.