Man arrested after human remains found behind Winston-Salem apartment


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police have arrested a man in connection with two decomposing bodies found behind a Winston-Salem apartment complex last month.

Tyrone Gladden, 45, is charged with two counts of concealment of death. He's being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center on a $500,000 secured bond.

Winston-Salem police and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Gladden at his home in Ablemarle on Aug. 10.

Police are investigating this case as a homicide and they say it's possible Gladden's charges will be upgraded to murder. Police are not looking for any other suspects.

On July 17, investigators conducted a welfare check at a unit in the Willow Creek Apartments, after the family of Devette Campbell, 40, reported not hearing from her. Investigators began searching the area that night around 8:45 p.m. They found the bodies of Campbell and Gary Craig Jr. about an hour later in the woods behind the apartments.

Police say they're still working to lock down evidence against Gladden. According to his arrest warrant, police believe he concealed the victims' death from law enforcement and played a role in getting rid of the bodies.

"I developed enough probable cause and evidence to charge him with two counts of concealment of death," said Det. A.J. Shay, who is leading the investigation. "The investigation is still going on as far as the actual homicides and the manner of death."

Neighbors at the Willow Creek Apartments are breathing easier this week now that a suspect is behind bars.

"It's a relief to know that these people got justice for what happened to them," said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

"That was kind of scary. You know, you open up your back door there's pieces… bones actually, just sitting there… forensics running around here for a couple weeks. Yeah, it was something," the neighbor added.

Police confirmed to FOX8 Gladden knew the two victims.

"This was not random," Shay said. "They did have a connection."

Neighbors say knowing that brings back some peace of mind.

"We mind our business here. We work, come home," the neighbor said. "It was a big surprise that something like that happened. Other than that, it's really quiet."

Police wouldn't tell us what the connection is between the suspect and the victims, but other neighbors think they have the answer.

We talked to a women off camera, who said she saw Gladden at apartment 84A, where Campbell and Craig both lived, every day since they moved in earlier this year.

Other neighbors believe Gladden may have been staying there.

"It's scary knowing that, but like I said, you never know who lives next door to you or lives in the same building," one neighbor said.

Police also told FOX8 there were three people living in the apartment, but they wouldn't confirm if that third person were Gladden or someone else.

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