Fatal car crash turns into homicide investigation

Published 9:47 am Friday, June 11, 2021

CHINA GROVE — Rowan Sheriff’s Office detectives are now treating a fatal, single-vehicle car crash that occurred Wednesday as a homicide.

Edward Geouge III, 28, of Kannapolis was found dead after the N.C. Highway Patrol responded Wednesday morning to a single car crash in the 1000 block of Saw Road near China Grove. Geouge’s vehicle, a gray Honda, was found overturned in a field after running off the road and striking a fence.

In a news release Friday, the Rowan Sheriff’s Office said a medical examiner determined Geouge was fatally shot. The Sheriff’s Office says detectives developed suspects in the incident and continue to investigate the crime.

Further information hasn’t been released.

Geouge was born in Mecklenburg County and had two children, Jeremiah and Titus, with his wife, Victoria. The two met while going to school at Mt. Pleasant High School and lived in Kannapolis at the time of his death. Victoria said her husband worked painting cars and as a mechanic.

Anyone with information about this case can contact Det. J. Thomason or Sgt. O. Greene at 704-216-8687 as well as Maj. C. Moose at 704-216-8687.