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MEBANE, N.C. — Two Mebane women face elder abuse charges after a 63-year-old disabled man was found on the side of the road last month, according to a press release.

The elder abuse investigation started in October after deputies found the man in a wheelchair on the side of Thom Road near Highway 54. The man was incoherent and was initially committed for treatment and evaluation.

Brandon Mitchell said he actually saw the disabled man the day he was found in his wheelchair on Thom Road. At that time he really didn’t think too much of it.

“He was saying he didn’t want to go back into the house,” Mitchell said.

Neighbor Tonya Tuchscherer said her stepdad witnessed the disabled man unleash a loud scream.

“It sounded like he was yelling ‘Help’ when he was coming home one day,” Tuchscherer said.

It’s after deputies found the man on the side of the road and investigated that they realized what neighbors already suspected.

During a follow-up investigation, deputies determined the victim lived at a home in the 5000 block of Gouden Lane with two caretakers, who were identified as Reecha Dixon and Tina King.

On Nov. 2, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit executed a search warrant at the home and seized three animals.

“Less than ideal living conditions there and also found three animals that were subsequently seized and that’s where animal cruelty charges resulted also,” Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Randy Jones said said.

Neighbors said the smell of the house has always been unbearable.

Dixon and King were arrested and charged with felony abuse of a disabled adult and three counts of cruelty to animals.

The 63-year-old man is now in the care of the Department of Social Services.

Both are being held in the Alamance County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.