The investigation into a murder in Iredell County is continuing. On January 10 at approximately 7 p.m. a 911 hang up call came in from 577 Shiloh Road, Statesville. A short time later Deputies discovered 80-year-old Hugh Lee Moose in his home dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators soon arrived and the investigation began.
The investigation is still ongoing and Detectives are working through leads, evidence and eliminating possible suspects. Detectives have been able to identify all known potential witnesses and/or suspects in the area of Shiloh Road with the exception of one person. Detectives are still attempting to identify a man who was close in the area at the time Mr. Moose called 911, at around 7 p.m.
Multiple people observed the man described as a white male, 25-35 years old, wearing Carhartt style overalls or possibly coveralls, with a black back pack. In an attempt to identify the subject Detectives decided to release details of what the man said to a witness. We ask that citizens keep in mind there is no way to know at this point if the subject was truthful and only release the information in hopes it will aid in identifying the man.
The unidentified man stopped at a home and ask to use the phone. He told the citizen that he had been walking a long time and came from East Broad Street, and was trying to get to Old Mountain road. The man never took his gloves off and ask the citizen to dial a number for him. It is believed the number started with (704) 350, it is also believed that neither call was completed so no record exists. The man then was given directions to Old Mountain road and left on foot, this occurred prior to the homicide. A man with the same description was scene close to the home of Moose around the time Detectives believe Mr. Moose was shot.
Detectives are asking for Citizens who find any of this information familiar or may know who the man is, to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Hotline at (704) 928-9804. Again Investigators are unable to confirm if the information the unidentified man gave to the citizen is true or not but it is possible he may have stopped at another person’s house asking for directions, called someone for a ride, or may have been in the East Broad Street area earlier in the day.