RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County authorities arrested a man after a welfare check on Monday led to three bodies being at found three locations across Wake County, a news release from the sheriff’s office said Tuesday evening.
Evan Hunter Small, 27, was arrested along the 5200 block of Greens Dairy Road, records show.
He was apprehended by officers with Raleigh police and the sheriff’s department after a brief chase in which he struck a Raleigh officer’s vehicle, the release said.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office charged Small with one count of murder in connection with a body that was found when deputies were conducting a welfare check along the 5600 block of Alta Vista Court late Monday night.
Raleigh police charged Small with two counts of murder after officers found bodies at residences along the 3900 block of Bentley Meadow Lane and the 1300 block of Fairview Road.
The victims in the murders were identified as 79-year-old Patricia Brewton Small, 80-year-old Jimmy Wayne Small, Sr., and 58-year-old Jimmy Wayne Small, Jr.
Friends of the victims said all are members of the same family and will be missed.
“They’d give you the shirt off their back. They took people in. They helped people. They were just great people,” said Keith Jaques.
Jaques said he knew the victims for 20 years. He said they’d helped him when he’d fallen on hard times.
“It’s devastating is what it is,” he said.
Neighbors said it had been several days since they saw the person who lived in the home on Alta Vista Court.
Prior to the welfare checks, a family member from South Carolina called Wake County authorities to express her concern that she hadn’t heard from Patricia Small or other family members.
“I feel something’s wrong,” the caller said. She said she had been unable to contact Small since trying Thursday or Friday.
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