Amber Alert Children Safe After Father Kills Self

By: Christine Kennedy/Heather King
By: Christine Kennedy/Heather King

Authorities say a man who killed his ex-wife also killed a renter and a neighbor before fleeing the western North Carolina neighborhood with his two children.

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office said they found 45-year-old Richard Heatwole dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound early Friday morning in a cousin's home near Taylorsville in Alexander County. The 10-year-old and 6-year-old children were safe in police custody.

Investigators began their search for Heatwole on Thursday night after finding his ex-wife, 49-year-old Angela Heatwole, dead in a Candler home. Authorities said he also killed 44-year-old Divina Gracia Agulto, who was renting a room at the home, and 43-year-old Lesley Curtis Moore Keogh, who lived next door.


Previous Story: The Buncombe County Sheriff`s Office is searching for 2 missing children: Hayes Heatwole and Haley Heatwole.

Hayes Heatwole is a 6-year-old White male, approximately 3 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 45 pounds. He has blond- long shaggy hair, and blue eyes.

Haley Heatwole is a 10-year-old White female, approximately 4 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 62 pounds. She has brown-shoulder length hair, and hazel eyes. Scar on her forehead that extends to the bridge of her nose.

Allegedly, there is 1 abductor: Richard Doughlas Heatwole. Richard Doughlas Heatwole is described as 45 years old, White, male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Authorities believe the suspect and children are traveling to St. Petersburg, Fl. The vehicle is a White 1986 Toyota Truck Extended Cab with NC license tag number YNS-8257.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Buncombe County Sheriff`s Office immediately at (828) 250-6670, NA or call 911 or *HP.


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