Kenneth Cox, 48, remains found after five-day investigation, suspect arrested

WINSTON-SALEM, NC — A suspect detained in connection with the 2019 murder of a missing man is due in court this morning. The victim was found dead in 2019. It was last week when Everidge Road police began searching a private residence. That’s how it all started.
On Friday, after five days of investigation, members of the SWAT team and the police arrested Kenneth Cox, 48, following the discovery of human remains.

The investigation was triggered by the discovery of the remains. Detectives were able to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Aaron Wood was the owner of the remains. According to the police, in 2021 they obtained information that turned this investigation into a homicide investigation, which ultimately led them to the subject property. Authorities say Wood was working on construction at the site when he was killed there, and was reported to be doing so at the time of his death.

The property’s current owners have been cleared of any involvement in Wood’s disappearance, according to Jim O’Neill, who serves as both police chief and district attorney in that jurisdiction. There has been no indication from the authorities as to whether or not their investigation has been completed in full. Cox is currently being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center pursuant to the terms of a bond that has been set at $1 million.

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