2 charged in missing person case after human remains found at Pfafftown home

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PFAFFTOWN, N.C. -- Two people have been charged in connection with a missing person investigation.

Jason Mitchell and Mary Mitchell

Jason Mitchell and Mary Mitchell

Jason Michael Mitchell, 34, and Mary Utleye Mitchell, 48, both of Pfafftown, are charged with felonious destruction of body/concealment of death.

Most neighbors said the couple seemed like any other family in the neighborhood and are shocked by the charges.

“I mowed his grass a couple of times too and now it's like how long was this person lying in the ground over?” asked Loyd Taylor.

The investigation was initiated by the Winston-Salem Police Department with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office aiding.

During the course of the investigations, information was developed that led investigators to the Mitchells’ home at 3555 Brookbank Drive in Pfafftown. The two are identified as married in several Forsyth County property documents.

On June 26, the home and surrounding property was searched and human remains were discovered.

The human remains are being evaluated at this time and investigators are waiting on positive identification, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Warrants for arrest for Jason Mitchell and Mary Mitchell were obtained on Wednesday.

Jason Mitchell and Mary Mitchell were placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Jason Mitchell is being held under a $75,000 secured bond. Mary Mitchell is being held under a $15,000 secured bond.

The two are scheduled to appear in court on July 16.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800.

Winston-Salem police and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office have continued to watch the home and keep everyone off the property.

Neighbors said until police finish their work the neighborhood won’t feel the same.

“It’s pretty creepy every time you walk outside you have a street full of police officers and sheriff's deputies,” said Taylor.

3555 Brookbank Drive in Pfafftown