Iredell County deputies say a man killed a woman and held her 14-year-old daughter captive on Christmas weekend.
- A 47-year-old OH man of tying up a woman and her teenage daughter for days before killing the mother in their North Carolina home.
When Iredell deputies responded to a welfare check Monday morning, they found a woman dead and a 14-year-old who said she'd been tied up for days.
Deputies said the daughter texted her friend saying she needed help, WSOC reports. Love reportedly told them the two were at a funeral.
Love ran away from authorities during questioning and was later taken into custody, deputies said.
Deputies say they looked through the house and found Denman's body "concealed" inside. She was later identified as 46-year-old Robin Denman. The daughter was found outside after she tried to flee when she heard a vehicle pull up, not knowing it was law enforcement.
Deputies say the teen told them she had been tied up and held inside the home by Love since Christmas Eve. She was treated at a local hospital and is staying with relatives. He is now being held without bond.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office expects Love will be charged with multiple forcible sex offenses along with murder in connection with this case.
There are indications that show one of both of the victims suffered violent sexual attacks. Authorities said it's expected he'll face additional charges.
Detectives believe Love had only been in North Carolina for about three months but knew Denman beforehand.
Local media outlets report Love is wanted in OH for domestic violence and had a protection order against him.