Caswell County, North Carolina
By Tommy Stafford
The body of a man that’s been missing in North Carolina since last weekend was apparently located on Friday in Caswell County, NC. TheTimesNews.com is reporting the story out of Burlington. The case has links to the shooting of a Nelson County, VA woman several days ago. The same couple, Sean D. Castorina, 42, of Burlington, N.C., and Penny M. Dawson, 40, of Burlington, N.C, are suspected in the disappearance of Harold Simpson in NC. Investigators say they stole his car and drove it to Nelson County where they say the couple shot the woman here. The NC car was abandoned in East Nelson County. The duo then stole her boyfriend’s truck of the shooting victim. They fugitive couple was eventually captured in Minnesota on Thursday.
“The body of an 84-year-old Burlington man missing since Aug. 19 was found Friday, the man’s son said.
Police said Saturday morning that the body is still unidentified and are awaiting identification from the state medical examiner’s office.
Meanwhile, one of the suspects in Harold Simpson’s disappearance had just been released from prison after serving a sentence for second-degree murder in the killing of his former boss.
In a Friday night phone call to the Times-News, Robert Simpson said police had told his family that the body of Harold Simpson had been found that night in Caswell County. Robert Simpson learned the news about 10:15 Friday night from a family member, he said.
Investigators with the Burlington Police Department, State Bureau of Investigation and the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Totten Road at 6 p.m. on Friday, Burlington police said in a statement.
Investigators searched the area and found a body in a field.”
You can read the rest of their story by clicking here.
While the official Burlington PD release says they are awaiting positive forensics identification, the story above does say a family member was told by police it was Harold Simpson.
“BURLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
For Immediate Release Contact: Captain Bret Currie
Date: August 26, 2017
On August 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm, investigators with the Burlington Police Department received information involving the disappearance of Mr. Harold Dean Simpson that led investigators to the area of Totten Road in Caswell County. Investigators with the Burlington Police Department, State Bureau of Investigations and the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Totten Road.
Investigators searched the area and found an unidentified body in a field. At this time it is unknown if this is the body of Mr. Harold Dean Simpson who was reported missing to the Burlington Police Department on August 19th. The unidentified body will be transported to the NC Medical Examiner’s Office for examination and identification.
Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500. For anonymous methods, call Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100 or text 8398 to 274637 for a text-a-tip method, both with possible cash rewards.
Captain B. L. Currie
Criminal Investigations Division
Burlington Police Department”