NC pair identified after being shot and found dead in burned home

The burned home on Haw Branch Road. WNCT photo

BEULAVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office continues its homicide investigation after two bodies were found inside a home while crews were putting out a fire there.

Deputies responded to the home on Haw Branch Road in Beulaville around 9:20 p.m. Saturday night after reports of an assault and fire. There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire.

The Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon they found Cody Smith, 33, of Richlands and Gregory Pearce, 43, of Jacksonville inside the residence. Deputies say they died as a result of gunshot wounds.

The sheriff’s office said it’s treating the incident as a homicide case.

Sheriff Hans Miller said they’re looking at a domestic dispute as a possible motive.

One autopsy is complete, but the sheriff’s department is not releasing results until the other autopsy is done, which should be sometime Monday afternoon.

According to the sheriff’s office, a gun was found at the scene but no word yet on if it was the cause of death.


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