Authorities in San Pedro, California, arrested a 38-year-old man, identified as Michael Allen Joyner, in connection with the deaths of his wife, Michelle, 36, and his 63-year-old father, Dennis Ray Joyner. WNCN reports that the pair were found hacked to death with an ax inside of their Wilson County home in North Carolina.
At around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office received a call to conduct a welfare check on Dennis after he failed to show up for work, which his employer considered "unusual." When deputies arrived at the home located on 4104 Evansdale Road, they knocked on the door several times, but there was no response.
Deputies proceeded to look through a bedroom window and discovered a female toddler inside, alive, which prompted authorities to force their way into the home. They soon discovered the bodies of Michelle, the toddler's mother, and Dennis, the toddler's grandfather, on the floor of a locked bedroom.
Circumstances leading up to the Wilson County double homicide has not been determined, but it is believed that the murders took place in the early hours on Friday. Reports indicate that an ax was used to murder Michael's wife and his father.
It was not immediately made clear why Michael was a suspect in the double homicide or what evidence was gathered at the crime scene, but police say that he was not at the scene when they arrived. His vehicle, which was seized by Wilson County Sheriff's Office detectives, was found abandoned at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is about 60 miles west of Wilson County, and a warrant was subsequently issued for the North Carolina man's arrest.
Officers worked with the Los Angeles Police Department in hopes of capturing the suspect, and less than 24 hours from the time the bodies were found inside of the Wilson County home, Michael was found inside of a San Pedro home, where he was "arrested without incident" at around 11 p.m.