Elkin homicide investigation continues

By Terri Flagg - tflagg@civitasmedia.com

ELKIN — With an arrest made in two of three violent crimes reported Wednesday, the homicide of a Mount Airy woman and connected I-77 stabbing, few details have emerged regarding the homicide of an Elkin man.

Charlie Winfield Spann, 73, of 172 Fremont Lane, was found dead in his driveway around noon Wednesday from an apparent gun shot wound, according to Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office, assisted by the Elkin Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation, finished processing the scene Wednesday night.

Atkinson said Spann had appeared to have been shot once, on the side, lower than the armpit and above the waist, and that nothing appeared to be missing from the victim’s residence, property or person.

A blue Chevrolet Cavalier was seen in the area near the time of the incident and a BOLO – a “be on the lookout” – had been issued for the vehicle.

Authorities have since identified the driver.

“We know who they are,” Atkinson said, adding that investigators have not yet made contact with the driver.

“We’re trying to locate him.”

The sheriff described the driver as a middle-aged male but declined to release his identity or if the man is considered a suspect in the crime.

When asked if the driver was a resident of the neighborhood Atkinson replied, “they are a local person.”

The Elkin homicide was the second reported in Surry County that day.

Claudia Smith, an elderly Mount Airy resident, was found dead in her home Wednesday morning.

Jordan Ross Lowdermilk, of Lowgap, was arrested around 2 a.m. Thursday and charged with first-degree murder along with other associated charges, including attempted first-degree murder in connection to a Wednesday morning stabbing incident that occurred on I-77 near exit 99.

When asked if the crimes are connected to Elkin, Atkinson reiterated Thursday, “Nothing we have found makes me think they are related, but I’ve seen nothing that rules it out either.”

By Terri Flagg


Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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