Identities released on the 3 killed and shooter who died by suicide in Sampson County

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Identities released on the 3 killed and shooter who died by suicide
Four people were found dead in two separate tents in a homeless encampment in Autryville Sunday morning.

AUTRYVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Sampson County Sheriff's released new information Monday on a triple murder-suicide that happened Sunday morning.

The incident happened in a wooded area near the end of Tanner Lane in Autryville.

Deputies said they found four people dead in and around two tents in the woods after responding to a shots-fired call at 9:22 a.m. Investigators said the area is a known encampment for homeless individuals.

The victims have been identified as:

  • Daniel Jay Wiltshire, 44
  • Amber Rae King, 43
  • Carrie Nichoel Trampel, 41

The suspect in the case is identified as 40-year-old Dwane Paul Miller, of Marysville, WA, who died by suicide, the sheriff's office says.

Capt. Eric Pope says evidence at the scene suggests the four had been living in tents at the encampment for several weeks.

According to Capt. Pope said the incident stemmed from an ongoing domestic violence dispute between Miller and Trampel that happened in another state. He said neighbors in the area reported hearing an argument prior to hearing gunshots.

Investigators said Miller shot the victims multiple times before shooting himself.

In an unrelated investigation, the sheriff's office is still looking for the person(s) who shot and killed five people inside a house on October 26, 2023. Investigators said they found them in different rooms inside the house in Clinton off Garland Highway.

They were identified as Alfonza Jeffers (73), Dagoberto Lopez (33), Hector Salazar Lopez (39), Lamar Williams (58) and Jamie Lynn Rowland (aka Jamie Thompson) (47).

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) is hoping money will motivate someone to share information in a Sampson County murder investigation. They're offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved.