Anson County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a murder that occurred along U.S. Highway 742 North, approximately five miles north of Wadesboro.
On Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Tommy Allen identified the victim as Keith Jerome Whisnant, 42, of Ocean Isle Beach. He was driving a 2000 silver Ford Focus with an “OIB” tag on the front of the vehicle.
Investigators believe the murder occurred around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night along a stretch of U.S. 742 North, approximately five miles north of Wadesboro. They also believe he picked up a rider somewhere between Burger King in Wadesboro and where Highway 742 branches off from U.S. 52 North. Through video cameras, investigators know that Whisnant was at Burger King in Wadesboro around 8 p.m. and appeared to be by himself.
When the first deputy arrived on the scene Wednesday night, he found Whisnant outside the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest. Highway 742 North was blocked off for approximately nine hours as Sheriff’s Detectives and SBI conducted their investigation at the crime scene. The name of the victim, a white male, is not being released at this time so family can notify additional family members.
Sheriff Tommy Allen did say that the victim was from Ocean Isle Beach, and traveling to Johnson City, Tenn. At some point investigators believe he picked up a passenger. One passing motorist told investigators he saw what appeared to be two people struggling in the front seat of the vehicle as it sat in the ditch. There was no sign of a second subject at the scene when officers arrived and officers do not know if the subject was picked up by a passing vehicle. Families in the area were notified to be on the lookout of any suspicious persons and call 911.
The Sheriff’s Office believes a number of cars passed the victim’s vehicle while it was in the ditch and is asking anyone with any information in this incident to please call the Anson County Sheriff’s Office at 704-694-4188.