Published: Nov 03, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified: Nov 03, 2012 10:27 AM
PITTSBORO - Search warrants say a Siler City woman’s body was bound with duct tape and wrapped in clear plastic before being set on fire in northern Chatham County.
Brian Keith Whitfield, 24, and Caleb Shaddie Wyland, 25, both of 3400 Carl Durham Road, Chapel Hill, were charged Oct. 23 with first-degree murder in the death of Daphne Forster, 38, of 261 Jim Gilliland Road, Siler City.
Forster’s mother, Linda Forster, reported her missing Oct. 11.
A body later identified as Forster’s was found Oct. 10 when a motorist and his wife stopped on Chicken Bridge Road for what appeared to be a brush fire, Chatham County Sheriff’s Staff Sgt. Brandon Jones said in a search warrant. They realized it was a human body and put the fire out with drinking water they had in their car, Jones said. They flagged down a passing deputy, he said.
Although Forster’s upper torso and head were charred beyond recognition, she later was identified by five still-visible tattoos, a metal plate in her arm and dental records, a search warrant states.
Jones said one of Forster’s co-workers at the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro said Forster had been spending time with another woman, that woman’s boyfriend Wyland and his friend Whitfield. The co-worker also told deputies that Wyland and Whitfield had met in prison and were involved with the Aryan Brotherhood, Jones said in the warrant.
Verizon cell-phone records show Forster called Whitfield 20 times Oct. 9, the warrant states. Forster made some calls near the Carolina Brewery and others, between 11:16 p.m. Oct. 9 and 1:13 a.m. Oct. 10, near Whitfield and Wyland’s home, records show.
According to a warrant, deputies interviewed Whitfield in his front yard Oct. 13. He told them that he had last seen Forster between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 when she dropped him off in Hillsborough, Jones said.
Forster was supposed to come by later but didn’t show up, Whitfield told deputies. On Oct. 10, he was working in Goldsboro, he said, but a co-worker said later they worked Oct. 11, warrants state.
On Oct. 22, a Durham police officer found the 1995 blue Chevrolet Cavalier that Forster had been driving at the Super 8 motel in Durham. Investigators recovered fibers, clothing, “brown material” and other items from the car, a search warrant states.
Whitfield and Wyland are being held without bail in the Chatham County Jail until their Nov. 19 court hearing.
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