Lilesville man found shot, killed in Polk County

By: By Imari Scarbrough -

COLUMBUS — A Lilesville man was found shot to death in Polk County early Thursday morning.

Destry Horne of Lilesville was found dead in his box truck, according to B.J. Bayne, the captain over the investigation with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Bayne said the case was initially called in as a traffic crash when the driver of a tractor-trailer called to report that Horne’s box truck had rolled into his at Exit 163 where N.C. 108 and U.S. 74 connect.

Horne was found dead from a gunshot wound. He was driving a truck for J.J. Haines & Co., according to Bayne.

Bayne said there are no suspects, but that her office is working on the case. She could not comment on a possible motive.

Shannon O’Toole, spokesman for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, confirmed via email on Friday that his office is investigating the killing along with the sheriff’s office.

“It was initially opened on our part as a suspicious death, but was elevated to a homicide investigation,” he said.

O’Toole said that Horne’s autopsy was performed Friday in Winston-Salem.

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By Imari Scarbrough