'Cowardly act': Couple found dead inside Moore County home during welfare check, deputies say

ABERDEEN, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Moore County Sheriff's Office is investigating after an elderly couple was found dead inside an Aberdeen home during a welfare check Friday.

Deputies were asked to conduct a welfare check at a home along the 1900 block of Roseland Road just before 6 p.m.

Sheriff Ronnie Fields told breaking news crews on the scene one person was found on the porch and one was found inside.

The victims were identified as 91-year-old D.P. Black and 86-year-old Mary Lou Black.

Longtime friend of the family, Karl Mitschke is still processing their loss, he says D.P. was a successful businessman and property owner in the area. The couple was known for their generosity and devotion to their church.

"DP was just a good man. Mary Lou sweet, wonderful lady. They loved their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren. He was a family man," added Mitschke. He had known the couple for nearly three decades.

"I sought his council like I would from my own father when he was living," said Mitschke.

"Everybody knew DP," said Michelle Tew, the owner of Sizzlin Steak or Eggs, a restaurant he frequented. She knew DP her entire life, and last saw him earlier in the week

"Really nice guy. Never had anything bad to say about anybody. He was a jokester," said Tew.

The Moore County Sheriff's Office is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
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"It's a cowardly act and the people or person responsible for this crime, they need to be brought to justice," said Sheriff Fields.

Anyone with more information on the double homicide is asked to contact the Moore County SHeriff's Office at (910) 947-2931.

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