ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NC -- It's known by many as the most popular river spot in Rockingham County. But now the Anglin Mill Road Mayo River access is the scene of an unsolved stabbing.
The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said 17-year-old William Cole Trent was stabbed in the chest Friday evening by a total stranger, who has yet to be caught. Trent's family said if the knife had gone even two centimeters deeper, it would've pierced his heart.
"It appears there were two groups of people there just enjoying themselves," said Detective Marcus Marshall. "Both groups did not even know each other. We're really not sure why the groups were even engaging with each other."
Marshall said this is an anomaly in that area.
"We don't get a lot of calls in the Anglin Mill area. So this was very rare."
The sheriff's department is increasing patrols to the river access area and said its deputies are working tirelessly to catch the suspect -- a man witnesses describe as wearing blue shorts and who goes by the name of David.
"We're doing a lot of interviewing, a lot of talking; we're canvassing the neighborhood, we've set up license checks to try and make contact with anybody that may have been at the river at the time."
Trent's parents said their son is out of the hospital but is still in a lot of pain. He is expected to make a full recovery.
If you have any information that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at (336) 349-9683.