ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – A son discovered the body of his father, who had been killed with a shotgun, Saturday night, Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said.
Around 10:20 p.m., Jones said 51-year-old Leonard Pettiford was found dead from a shotgun blast to the face in his home on Halifax Road. Deputies aren’t yet sure how many times he’d been shot.
Pettiford was last seen about 11 p.m. Friday night at his job in Oxford.
“We do think that it had been several hours. It was not fresh when we first got there. So he had been down for some time,” Jones said.
His son went to check on him when he didn’t show up to work Saturday.
Investigators have no leads and no motive at this time.
“We’re doing a lot of interviews, no witnesses, there are still a lot of unknowns at this point,” Jones said.
Neighbor Truddy Badder said the news of Pettiford’s death is shocking.
“It’s a quiet neighborhood. We’ve never really had any trouble here. You think you’re safe until you hear something like that,” Badder said.