WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Investigators in Martin County are working alongside the SBI and FBI in what they’re calling a double homicide case.
Thursday, the bodies of 40-year-old Dawn Elizabeth Ward and her 14-year-old daughter Taylor Carroll were found inside a well with 30 feet of water in it on behind a residence on McCaskey Road in Williamston.
“Why? That’s the biggest question right now is why,” said Bobbi Woolwine, a family member.
Williamston Fire Rescue helped recover the bodies, which took hours to remove from the well, deputies said.
“I can’t tell you how horrible of a crime this is,” said Lt. Drew Robinson, Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators aren’t releasing a cause of death, and they also haven’t made any arrests.
“You don’t just ever really think about it happening to your family,” said Woolwine.
Deputies said they have conducted numerous interviews and do not believe on the public is in danger as related to the crime.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office first said Tuesday that they believed Ward and Carroll went missing from a mobile home in the Robert Taylor Road area of Everetts on Monday. At that time, evidence surfaced causing concern for Ward and Carroll’s safety and welfare.
Ward’s mother was the last person to see the two victims. She said she knew something was wrong when she saw a broken window at her daughter’s mobile home, located just steps from her house.
On Thursday, the search and recovery investigation into the pair’s disappearance became a full-blown homicide investigation.
Bear Grass Charter School, where Taylor Carroll attended, held classes online instead of in-person Friday in response to the death.
“Bear Grass Bears, we’re a family,” said Ana Maria Mondragon, Bear Grass Charter grad. “Whether you graduated 30 years ago or you just graduated this past year we send love.”
Mondragon said the death has taken a toll on the community
“I truly believe everybody’s affected whether you knew them or not,” Mondragon said. “It’s such a tragedy, and it’s so horrible to think something like (that) could happen around here.”
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