Photos of truck wanted in connection to Wilkesboro double homicide released

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WILKESBORO, N.C. -- Police have released photographs of a truck they are searching for in connection to a double homicide.

The bodies of the victims were found on Monday inside an apartment on River Street in Wilkesboro. The victims were a male and a female in the mid-to-late fifties.

Police say the truck, which may belong to one of the victims, is a 1992 Chevrolet S-10. It is either black or dark blue, and is in rough shape, with front-end damage. The truck had North Carolina tags reading CBS-1405.

“Saturday night when I came over here I noticed a bad odor; I didn’t think nothing of it,” said Tina Lenihan, whose sister lives in the apartment below the crime scene. “She was sleeping under this for four days now. So it’s scary.”

Lenihan told FOX8 she had seen the female victim as recently as late last week.

“All of a sudden she’s just gone, vanished you know? It kind of is scary, I mean, God bless the lady because you never know what could just happen like that,” Lenihan said. “It just feels bad because -- whatever the case was -- nobody [deserves] to die like that.”

Wilkesboro police say this is the first homicide inside the city limits since 2010.

“It’s very quiet here, and I would have never thought that would have happened ever, in a million years,” said Whitney Phifer, who lives behind the scene. “We plan on moving. When people die it’s time to go.”

Wilkesboro police say they have good leads and are actively investigating around the clock. They do not believe the person or people responsible for the homicides are a threat to the public.