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AMBER ALERT Issued for Hayes and Haley Heatwole after a triple homicide in Buncombe County, NC (Update: Children Found Safe)

An AMBER ALERT has been issued for two children, 10 year old Haley Heatwole and Hayes Heatwole is a 6-year, after a triple homicide in Buncombe County, NC. The homicide happened at a home on Old Highway 19-23. The two children are believe to be with 45 year old Richard Doughlas Heatwole. He is considered armed and dangerous.


Hayes Heatwole (left) & Haley Heatwole (right)

Deputies said they arrived to the home after someone called 911. They found the bodies of two people inside the home. While investigating the case, deputies said they found a third person’s body inside an adjacent residence.

Deputies said neither the names of the victims nor how they were killed will be released until their families are notified.

Investigators believe the two children were taken following the homicides. The descriptions of the missing children and the suspect as as follows:

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.

Richard Doughlas Heatwole

Suspect 45 year old Richard Doughlas Heatwole

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.  Officials say Richard Heawole is armed and dangerous.

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

To discuss the case and provide your opinion, go to Scared Missing Persons Forum.

UPDATE I: Three killed, two children missing

A Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says deputies went to a home looking for the children’s mother, Angela Heatwole, after a family member reported her missing around 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Police found Angela and another person dead inside a Candler home after they spotted her car parked outside.

UPDATE II: Kidnapped Kids, Triple Murder Suspect May Be Traveling Through Georgia

UPDATE III: Amber Alert canceled for kids of suspected killer

Authorities have canceled the Amber Alert for Haley Heatwole and Hayes Heatwole as they no longer believe that the two children are with 45 year old Richard Doughlas Heatwole. However, Richard Doughlas Heatwoleremains on the run.

UPDATE III: Suspect in North Carolina Killings Shoots Self During Standoff

A police standoff with a man suspected of killing three people and kidnapping two of his children in western North Carolina ended Friday when the man turned a gun on himself, authorities said.

The two children were safe in police custody, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Ross Dillingham said.

UPDATE IV: 2 abducted kids safe, father reported dead

Two children of a slain North Carolina woman were found safe Friday after being abducted by their father, who reportedly killed himself, police said.

Haley and Hayes Heatwole, 10 and 6, respectively, were found in a house in Taylorsville, N.C., with their father, a suspect in a triple homicide that included his ex-wife, who was the children’s mother, 60 miles away in Asheville, N.C., CNN said. The bodies were found on New Year’s Day.



January 1st, 2009 at 10:16pm Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, child welfare, Crime/Murder, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Adult, Missing Children, Pictures | 2 comments

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  1. [...] AMBER ALERT has been issued in Buncombe County, NC for 10 year old Haley Heatwole and 6 year old Hayes [...]

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  2. I have known this family for a long time. It’s very sad what happened. :( ( My thoughts are with Haley, Hayes and family.

    Comment by Amy | January 6, 2009

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