New details: Adopted son charged with father’s murder after body found in Graham garage

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GRAHAM, N.C. – A body was found in the garage of a home near Graham on Thursday morning and deputies are investigating it as a homicide.

The Alamance County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 36-year-old James Weston "Wes" Goswick and the suspect as his adopted son, 17-year-old Joseph Wayne Goswick. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

Deputies said the victim was an employee of the City of Burlington. When he did not show up for work Thursday, coworkers requested a wellbeing check.

Deputies went to his home at 1921 Brier Lane, between Graham and Swepsonville, and three people were there at the time, including the victim's adopted son.

Deputies executed a search warrant on the home and a car, and found the victim's body in the garage. They said the body was covered in assault type markings, and was located on the floor of the garage, partially covered up.

The victim's boss at the City of Burlington, Water Resources Director, Bob Patterson, said Wes was an exemplary employee for more than 11 years. He served as a chemist in the water department for about 10 years prior to taking over as the industrial pretreatment specialist last year.

Deputies said they will determine the exact cause of death upon the completion of an autopsy.

Autopsy results are pending.

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