NC man accused of killing two women, burning their bodies

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LENOIR, N.C. (WBTV) – A man is facing charges in the killing of two women in Mitchell County.

Officials believe Cecil Scott Byrd killed 45-year-old Sarah Denise Riddle of Marion and 49-year-old Lisa Ann Robbins of Deep Gap and burned their bodies. They believe he dumped Robbins’ remains along the road and put Riddle’s in a dumpster.

A search started Tuesday morning at a landfill in Caldwell County, where trash from Mitchell County is dumped. Officials believe burned remains found along the road belong to Robbins.

The search for Riddle was called off just after noon. Officials believe Riddle’s body was burned to the point of being nearly nothing, leaving too wide of a search area.

Mitchell County investigators and the State Bureau of Investigation were on the scene Tuesday.

According to sources, Byrd made statements to indicate that he killed the women.

No motive for the alleged killing has been released.

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