Murder suspect caught in Connecticut

Terry Tracey Taylor of Granville County is accused of murder.
Terry Tracey Taylor Jr. is
accused of his aunt’s murder.

A slain Henderson woman’s nephew has been charged with her murder after he was found driving her stolen car in Milford, Conn., this week.

Terry Tracey Taylor Jr., 26, of Granville County is being held in Connecticut pending extradition to Henderson in the killing of Betty Overby Carey, 53, his aunt. Carey’s body was found in her home at 366 Wesley Drive, just inside the city limits near Parham Road, a little after 10 a.m. on May 8.

Neither Carey nor Taylor had been seen for days before that Sunday.

This 1985 Oldsmobile was owned by murder victim Betty Carey.
Taylor was caught in this 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass, owned by the murder victim.

Henderson police launched searches for Carey’s blue 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass and for Taylor within days. Putting that information into a national computer database paid off early Thursday when Milford police reported finding Taylor in the stolen car.

Police initially held Carey for possession of a stolen vehicle, Henderson Police Chief Glen Allen said in a news release this morning. Milford officers then turned up a handgun stolen from Carey’s home and charged Taylor with possession of stolen property; Henderson police had entered the weapon’s serial number into the national database.

Carey was killed by gunshots.

Milford and Henderson investigators coordinated their efforts, and Henderson police Detective R.N. Stancil obtained a warrant charging Taylor with the murder.

When police first released Taylor’s photo and announced a search for him, Allen reported that he may have been the target of foul play and that investigators needed to find him to confirm his well-being.

At that point, Taylor was considered a person of interest in the investigation.

Carey’s death was the second homicide of the year in Henderson and the fourth in Vance County.

A $7,000 reward is available for help in solving the murder of Lajuan Wilkins, 22, at his Maple Street home in March.

Anyone with information in the Wilkins case can call Henderson police at 438-4141 or Crimestoppers at 492-1925. All information remains confidential.

One of the noncity slayings in Vance also remains unsolved: Otis Glasco’s body was found near Brodie Road on Jan. 18, more than a week after his bullet-riddled car was discovered on Briggs Road.