Reward Offered As Police Ask Public's Help In Solving Couple's Murder

Goldsboro police are asking for the public's help in trying to find out who killed a couple at a hotel Monday. Thursday they offered a reward in the case.

Suryakant Patel, and his wife Bhavanaben, were found shot to death in their room at America's Best Value Inn on Highway 70 Bypass. The Patel's both worked at the hotel.

Police today released photos of the victims, and asked anyone with information on their murders to contact them at 919-580-4211

Police say callers to Crime Stoppers can be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers number is 919-735-2255 .


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Two employees of a Hotel in Goldsboro in Wayne County have been found dead and authorities say both appear to be victims of a homicide.

Police say the bodies of 65 year old Suryakant Patel and his 61 year old wife, Bhavanaben, were found inside room 108 of America’s Best Value Inn located at 701 U.S. Highway 70 Bypass East.

The Patel’s were employees of the hotel and lived in the room where they were found.

The Goldsboro Police Department and SBI are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Goldsboro/Wayne Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.


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  • by Sad Citizin on Dec 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    It is very sad to see these innocent people were killed. What could anyone get by hurting these helpless elderly folks. May thier souls rest in peace and the killer be caught and suffer every single day for this crime as well as many others I am sure he/she has committed. I had only met Mr.Patel once. He was a very kind enthusiastic person and his presence on this earth will be missed.
  • by angela Location: goldsboro on Dec 23, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    some one got them yea they talk so nasty to people those peaple have very nasty attitudes and at that crack hole never know what might happen go back to india and start a business and talk and treat peaple any kind of way they dont pay taxes but waisting tax payers money to find out who killed them they need to pay the police department
  • by to Tod on Dec 17, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    A very racist statement for an old man. Pops.
  • by Linda Location: Goldsboro on Dec 17, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    This is a very sad and disturbing crime. I'm sure these people would have never hurt anyone. EVERYBODY in the Goldsboro/Wayne County area KNOWS this hotel (as well as one other) has been the scene of more than one drug related murder. But yet, the Goldsboro Police Department does nothing to curb the drug dealing that occurs on the premises. Just like this morning, I was driving to work and witnessed a drug deal on a main street in Goldsboro. Two blocks away, on the same street, two city cops had one car pulled; yes, in the city it takes more than one cop to stop a car! lol (Honestly, this is a common practice in Goldsboro.) I stopped in the middle of the street and advised them of the drug deal and the officer just nodded and said, "OK". Yes, this is some of Goldsboro's finest! If they (Goldsboro PD) would act instead of re-acting, things just might be better in the city! Wonder why the city population keeps fleeing to the county??? **RP:WE ARE NOT THE GUN CORRIDOR OF THE USA!
  • by voter Location: nc on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:49 PM
    jj in scanton (where ever that is). do what now?
  • by JJ Location: Scanton, PA on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    Marie in Greenville, if you have the heart to go to the funeral for these folks (since you are in the same state) (or any others), then why dont you find a home within an empty coffin. I think that is where you should safe guard your low thoughts
  • by Hi Location: Maryland on Dec 16, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    I know this couple personally. I've lived with them for approximately 6 months - 1 year. They were employees at my relatives hotel. - Very nice and caring people they were. It's VERY SAD to see the people you lived with and cared for on the news - Hearing that they are dead due to crackheads. They are not related to me, but I wish their family the best of luck because - As RP said, they were planning to go to India for a wedding in Jan/Feb. But, with a death, its very sad to even think about going. May God be with their family and within them. GOD BLESS!!!!
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Dec 16, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Whoever did this knew that this couple lived in room 108.The person/persons that did this will be caught and very soon.They had to have known there everyday routine.May God be with the Patel family.
  • by J Location: NC on Dec 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    God has turned his back on America,because Americans turned their back on him!!!One person to take prayer out of our schools,ten commandments out of publc places,what do you expect,just sit back and watch,if american people don't get on their knees and earnestly pray for forgiveness,this is only gonna get worse!Things like this are so sinceless,the precious life of these people ment nothing to the monster or monsters that did this,if it is such a bad area,why no cameras? They have them on main street to catch speeders,but they can't put them in high crime areas!If they are caught,all they will do is put them in prison,keep them a few years,your tax dollars and mine will pay for 3 sqs. a day,gym,education,then pop them right back out for GOOD behavior and time served!SECOND CHANCE.do the ones they kill get second chance? NO!The good book says eye for an eye!!!!to (think) I like your comment!
  • by Think on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    It is truly sad about this couple. However reading these comments, one thing is overlooked. Guns are inantimate objects. Guns are not evil people are. I think that is forgotten. I mean more people are killed in vehicle crashes lets ban cars. When the nation remembers we need to punish people and not objects we will finally resort to some sort of justice. I feel truly sorry for this couple and their family.
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