Full Press Release from the Henderson County Sheriff's office
At approximately 6:27 p.m. on Monday January 2, 2012, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Michael Leroy Wilkie stating that his wife Shelby Anne Wilkie had not returned to her Moody Street home and was missing.
Detectives with the sheriff’s office launched an investigation based on this report.
Investigators received information from numerous sources which raised suspicions about Michael Wilkie’s truthfulness concerning the reported disappearance of his wife. Detectives developed additional information that led to probable cause that a crime had been committed. In a matter of hours search warrants were issued and multiple vehicles and properties in Henderson County were searched.
The evidence seized as a result of the warrants as well as other information obtained during the investigative process led detectives to the discovery of several crime scenes and remains believed to be that of Shelby Anne Wilkie. The remains will be escorted by Sheriff’s Office personnel to Chapel Hill for autopsy on January 6, 2012.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday January 5, 2012, Michael Leroy Wilkie was arrested at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Murder in the disappearance of his wife. He was taken to the Henderson County Detention Facility and processed. He is currently being held without bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on Friday January 6, 2012.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office personnel would like to thank all media outlets that provided coverage which in turn generated leads as well as the following law enforcement agencies that provided substantial assistance with this investigation: Fletcher Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Henderson County Rescue Squad, Hendersonville Police Department, South Carolina Search and Rescue Dog Association, Asheville Airport Police and the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office.Read the full article