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Joshua Fredrick Wetzler, Tommy Dean Welch

Joshua Fredrick Wetzler, Tommy Dean Welch

CLEMMONS, N.C. -- The skeletal remains found in the backyard of a home in Clemmons have been identified by the Medical Examiner's Office.

The remains were found on Oct. 5 in the backyard of 2749 Knob Hill Drive.

The first victim has been identified as 37-year-old Joshua Fredrick Wetzler.

The second victim has been identified as 36-year-old Tommy Dean Welch.

"I would like to know why," said Martha Wetzler, Joshua's mother. "Why? Why they killed either one of these men."

Three people have been charged in connection with the murders.

Pazuzu Algarad, 35, is accused of killing a man and burying him in the backyard on Knob Hill Drive in July of 2009. His self-proclaimed wife, Amber Burch, 24, is also accused of killing another man. Both are accused of helping each other bury the bodies of the two men.

They have both been charged with first degree murder and accessory after of the fact of first degree murder.

Krystal Matlock, 28, of Winston-Salem, was also arrested in connection with the case. Her warrants allege that she helped Algarad bury an unidentified male in his backyard sometime between June and August of 2009.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Josh Wetzler’s girlfriend last saw him in July 2009. She didn’t report him missing until six months later when he didn’t make contact with his family over the holidays. Wetzler’s car was discovered behind an apartment complex four months after he disappeared, according to his girlfriend.

She did not want to be identified because she fears for the safety of the son she had with Wetzler.

Martha Wetzler said the last time she had spoken with Joshua was shortly after father's day of 2009.

"He'd spent father's day with his son, and he, you know was really happy and I mean, he loved that child. So we knew he wouldn't just get up and leave," said Martha.

Family and friends set up a Facebook page to help search for Wetzler. 

"Heartbroken. We always had that little bit of hope, even though you know in your heart, but you still have that little bit of hope," said Martha.

Welch was last seen Oct. 3, 2009, when he walked away from his brother's home in Clemmons on his way to his home about a half-mile away, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons database.

Based on the arrest warrants, it appears that investigators believe that in July of 2009 Algarad killed Wetzler and that Burch helped him bury that body. In October 2009, investigators say, Burch killed Welch, and Algarad helped her with the burial, based on the arrest warrants.

"We knew it had to be him," Martha said, of Algarad. "You know, we were pretty sure that it, everything coincided with the stories we heard. I mean, he didn't keep it a secret."

About one year later, in October 2010, psychiatrists at the now-closed Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh interviewed Algarad in connection with the 2010 shooting death of Joseph Emmrick Chandler, whose body was found near the Yadkin River. Algarad was charged with accessory after the fact to involuntary manslaughter. Algarad told psychiatrists that he practiced a “Sumerian” religion that involved monthly ritual sacrifice of a small animal.

He told interviewers that he had to perform a ritual every month during what he called the “black moon,” and he repeatedly asked if he could get out of the hospital to perform it, even promising to come back after he had finished.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s investigators spent last week searching the house at 2749 Knob Hill Drive. Forsyth County’s housing officials declared the house unfit for human habitation. The house had debris and mold and had animal feces throughout.

"The only thing I can say is now we all have closure. His aunts, his uncles, his grandparents. His father, myself," said Martha.

Martha says Wetzler's family plans to bury him in New York, where they are living now, next to his brother, who was killed in a car accident.

The investigation is continuing.

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