CLEMMONS, N.C. -- The Clemmons property where two men were found buried last October is in foreclosure. Wells Fargo – the mortgage holder – says it wants to knock the house down. However, that doesn’t mean that they definitely will be able to.
The home, located on Knob Hill Drive, once housed Pazuzu Algarad and Amber Burch. The pair is accused of killing Joshua Wetzler, and Tommy Dean Welch, then burying them in the backyard.
Forsyth County officials say the house will be brought to a standard auction on April 7. Wells Fargo told FOX8 they plan to do everything in their power to obtain the title at the auction. If they are successful, they will then tear the house down.
However, since it is a standard auction, other people will be able to place bids on the property. Officials with Forsyth County Housing and Community Development say that means someone could hypothetically place a winning bid and end up with the title in their hands. If that happens, it would be their option to leave the house standing, or tear it down.
Wells Fargo officials could not say if they would definitely be able to tear down the house.
“To me it would have to be somebody that had a lot of money, and somebody that was crazy and we’ve had all the crazy we can deal with,” said Lauren Hurst, who lives across the street from the home.
The home was deemed uninhabitable after the bodies were discovered on October 5. If someone besides the bank were to obtain ownership of the property, they would have to bring it back to code.
Forsyth County Housing and Community Development director Dan Kornelis says estimates to do so are about $78,000. The amount owed on the house is just over $125,000.
“We just want it to be over. We want people to stop gawking, stop looking, stop stopping us. We want to be able to just move on with our lives,” Hurst said. “It just needs to be over and until that house goes away, it’s never going to be over.”
Algarad is accused of performing satanic rituals and animal sacrifices at the house. Video shot by a code enforcement officer showed pentagrams and other satanic messages scrawled on the walls.