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Iredell County detectives seeking help in year-old murder

Suspect sought

This sketch shows a white male who was near the home of Statesville’s Hugh Moose at the time of his murder in January 2017. Iredell County detectives are seeking the public’s help in the case.

STATESVILLE — In the year since Hugh Lee Moose was murdered in his home, Iredell County sheriff’s detectives and deputies have spent countless hours interviewing witnesses and suspects and following hundreds of leads.

Moose’s family is offering a reward of $30,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his murder. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to solve the case.

About 7 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2017, Moose was shot and killed in his home at 577 Shiloh Road in Statesville. A person was seen walking away from the area of the victim’s home within minutes of the first 911 call.

He is described as a white man, 25 to 35 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with light brown or sandy blond hair. He was wearing light-colored Carhartt-style overalls or coveralls and carrying a dark backpack. Authorities say it was cold outside and there was snow on the ground from a snowstorm a day earlier.

Multiple witnesses say they saw the man in the area as early as 5 p.m. on the day of the homicide. He also was seen speaking with Moose near the carport door about an hour before Moose’s body was discovered. Authorities don’t know if Moose knew the man.

Based on eyewitness statements, detectives know the subject left the home and went to another residence in the area and asked to use the telephone. He attempted to call someone for a ride and said he had been walking from the area of East Broad Street and was trying to get to Old Mountain Road.

Family and friends of Moose reported seeing him with a white woman, about 25 years old with dark hair and a medium build. She was seen with him in the months before his death, but family members and friends do not know her identity.

Moose had told family members that he had trouble understanding the woman because of her accent. Moose told witnesses he gave the woman a ride to an apartment complex in the Raleigh-Durham area where she picked up a bag containing needles.

Detectives also are trying to identify the owner of a vehicle seen parked at the bridge on Shiloh Road about 4:30 p.m. on the day of the homicide. The vehicle is described as a full-size SUV, possibly a Lincoln Navigator or similar vehicle.

A sketch of the made was made with the assistance of a forensic artist and an eyewitness.

Anyone with information about the identity of the man or the murder is asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804. Callers may remain anonymous.

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