Two weeks into the investigation, Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said there are “no further updates” on the Nov. 13 murder of Keith Jerome Whisnant, 42, of Ocean Isle Beach along U.S. Highway 742 North outside Wadesboro.
“We are still investigating,” Sheriff Allen said Monday afternoon. “I wish we had more information to share, but we don’t.”
Investigators believe the murder occurred around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13, along a stretch of U.S. 742 North. They also believe Whisnant 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.
Witnesses have reported seeing a scuffle inside Whisnant’s vehicle while it was in the ditch along Highway 742, but no suspect has been identified. “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,” a press release from the Anson County Sheriff’s Office said.
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.