Human remains found in Winston-Salem, Randolph County may be related to homicide, dismemberment


Police presence at Winston-Salem townhouse complex. (Adrienne DiPiazza/WGHP)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem police are investigating a homicide involving a dismembered victim.

On Monday, officers went to a townhouse on Timberline Drive at about 1 p.m. to investigate a missing person report. Human remains were found during the investigation.

The deceased has been identified as 75-year-old John Douglas Agnew. Winston-Salem police confirmed to FOX8's Michael Hennessey Tuesday that Agnew was dismembered.

Human remains were also found Monday morning in Randolph County by a Department of Transportation crew doing roadwork. The workers found the remains a few feet into the woods off of Canter Road.

Winston-Salem police detectives are now working with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine if the two are cases are related. Winston-Salem police have taken the lead on the Randolph County investigation.

Winston-Salem police are also trying to find Agnew's vehicle, a silver 2003 Mazda Miata with NC registration ZNY-4120..

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