Posted on March 14, 2018

Car Stolen During Lake Gaston Home Invasion, Murder Located

Vernon Freeman Jr., WTVR-TV, March 13, 2018

The vehicle stolen from the Lake Gaston home of John and Nancy Alford was found Tuesday morning by investigators.

The silver 2011 Mercedes C-300 was stolen Friday morning when two intruders broke into the Alfords’ Mulberry Court home. {snip}

Investigators say one of the intruders stayed with John, while the other kidnapped 76-year-old Nancy and forced her to withdraw about $1,000 from an ATM.

When the intruder returned to the home with Nancy, investigators say the suspects beat the couple up, tied them up, before setting the home on fire.

John, a minister at Sanford Memorial Baptist Church in Brodnax, Va., was able to escape, but his wife Nancy died in the house fire. John was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of 2nd degree burns.


Warren County Sheriff Johnnie Williams said that the suspects are believed to be two black males, but they both had their faces covered during the crime.


John and Nancy Alford