Sex offender charged in North Carolina woman's murder

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Donald Frye
Donald Frye
Rowan County Sheriff's Office

ROWAN COUNTY (WTVD) -- Investigators in Rowan County have arrested a registered sex offender in connection with a North Carolina woman's murder.

According to WSOC, authorities arrested 50-year-old Donald Frye and charged him with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The Charlotte TV station reports that someone found 53-year-old Sheila Godfrey dead last Friday in her home in Salisbury. Investigators said it appeared Godfrey was "brutally murdered" Thursday evening.

Authorities later found her car, four miles away, at a laundromat. They said Frye was driving the vehicle.

Frye is also accused of stealing Godfrey's debit card.

Officials have not released a motive in the crime but said it was not random, WSOC reported.

Frye is on the North Carolina Sex Offender registry and was recently released from jail after serving time on a probation violation. He was convicted in 1998 of taking indecent liberties with a minor and second-degree sex offense.

Salisbury is about 40 miles north of Charlotte.

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