Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Man Wanted for Murder
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Moore County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Thursday who had been wanted for murder in another county.
Deputies arrested Nicholas Jermain Steele, 24, of Biscoe, at a residence in West End. Steele was wanted for the murder of Jeffrey Allen Wills of Salisbury.
Rowan County sheriff's deputies made two arrests in the case on Aug. 8 when they discovered Wills' body in Montgomery County.
They issued a warrant for Steele at that time and said he was considered armed and dangerous.
Moore County sheriff's deputies discovered Willis' 2005 Ford Explorer pushed down an embankment into a creek off Leach Road in Star, just inside the Moore County line.
Authorities had been looking for Wills since his mother, Judy Gaddy, reported him missing Aug. 18. She had last seen her son Aug. 17 and said that repeated attempts to contact him by cell phone had failed.
The Ford Explorer was towed to Rowan County. The investigation led officers to the home of Mandy Latasha Clontz, 24, in Landis.
Officers searched the home and discovered signs of an assault. Further investigation led to warrants for the arrest of Clontz, Travis Crisco, 28, of Seagrove, and Steele on felony murder charges.
They also discovered Wills, though the Rowan County Sheriff's Department will not say where.
Wills owned the Saturday Night Lounge in Kannapolis.
Moore County Chief Deputy Neil Godfrey said that Moore and Montgomery county deputies went to the residence on West End Lane where they suspected Steele was staying.
Steele allowed himself to be taken into custody peacefully, Godfrey said.
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