YADKINVILLE, N.C. — A Hamptonville man accused of killing his mother had dinner with her the day she died, and investigators noticed scratches on his arm three days later, court records show.
Azelyne Collins, 83, was found Oct. 16, 2013, in her van in a field in Hamptonville, an autopsy report said. Her body was halfway in the van’s back passenger seat and a seatbelt was looped around her neck, the report.
She had been strangled to death and also suffered severe head injuries, the report determined.
Her son, Andy Eric Collins, 50, of Emily Drive was charged two weeks ago with first-degree murder in her death, an arrest warrant said.
He is accused of killing his mother on Oct. 14, two days before her body was found, according to the arrest warrant.
Sheriff Ricky Oliver of Yadkin County declined Friday to comment on the case.
Andy Collins was being held Friday in the Yadkin County Jail with no bond allowed.
Jay Van Hoy of North Wilkesboro, Andy Collins’ attorney, couldn’t be reached Friday for comment.
Search warrants describe the circumstances of Azelyne Collins’ disappearance and death. The documents also outline the evidence that authorities believe link her son to her death.
According to the documents, Andy Collins told an investigator that his mother picked him up at his house about 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 14, and they went to a restaurant to eat dinner.
About an hour later, she brought him back to his house. Andy Collins told investigators that he saw his mother drive away on a road behind the Vintage Village Flea Market Hamptonville.
On Oct. 14, Azelyne Collins’ daughter, Cindy McQueen, went to her mother’s home on Old Highway 421 to take her to the High Point furniture market, where they had a sales booth, the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office has said. The documents don’t say what time McQueen went to the house.
Azelyne Collins was reported missing on Oct. 15.
Investigators determined that Andy Collins was the last person to see his mother alive, and he lives 1,100 yards away from where the van was found, according to a search warrant.
Relatives told investigators that Azelyne Collins typically had $600 to $2,500 with her, another search warrant says. Investigators didn’t say whether any money was found on Collins’ body.
When investigators went to Andy Collins’ home on Oct. 16 to notify him of her death, they noticed broken glass in a side door of his carport and drops of a reddish substance near that door, a search warrant says. The warrant didn’t identify the substance.
They also saw a blue and gray tarp in the carport similar to one found in Azelyne Collins’ van.
The next day, investigators returned to Andy Collins’s home to speak with him, and they noticed scratches on his right arm, according to a search warrant. They also saw grass in his driveway that was similar to grass investigators found in his mother’s van.
Investigators searched Azelyne Collins’ van and Andy Collins’ home. They seized several items, including a black wallet and a checkbook from the van, according to a search warrant.
Investigators also obtained the phone records of several cellphones that belonged to Andy Collins, his girlfriend and his mother, according to the search warrants.