CLEMMONS -- The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on murder charges after discovering skeletal remains of two others in shallow graves in the back yard of the suspects’ home in Clemmons.
The sheriff’s office, assisted by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the N.C. State University Forensic Anthropology Unit and the Medical Examiner’s Office from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, executed a search warrant at 2749 Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons on Sunday morning.
Authorities said they found the skeletal remains of two unidentified people buried in shallow graves in the back yard. The remains were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for further examination and positive identification. Chief Deputy Brad Stanley said he did not know how long the identification would take.
Pazuzu Illah Algarad, 35, and Amber Nicole Burch, 24, both of the residence, have each been charged with one count of murder and one count of accessory after the fact to murder. They are in the Forsyth County jail with no bond allowed.
Algarad is on probation for a 2012 conviction of accessory after the fact, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s database. Algarad was charged with accessory after the fact of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of Joseph Emmrick Chandler, a Clemmons man whose body was found at Donnaha Park in June of 2010. Nicholas Pasquale Rizzi of Lewisville was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death.
Investigators were on the scene of Algarad and Burch’s home from about 7 a.m. onward on Sunday.
“We’re not going to discuss any of the details as to what prompted us to be there today,” Stanley said on Sunday night.
“This is still an active ongoing investigation. We had some information and acted upon that upon applying for the search warrants,” Stanley said.
About a dozen law-enforcement vehicles were still parked in the driveway or along the yard of the brick home on Sunday night. There were few street lights in the neighborhood, but the dark was frequently punctuated by the headlights of slowly passing cars.
Lights were set up in the back yard, and an SBI tent was visible from the road, fueling speculation that a digging operation was underway.
Yellow police tape blocked off the driveway to the home.
Stanley said the investigation is ongoing.
“The scene is still being secured and will be tonight, and we will continue our investigation tomorrow,” Stanley said on Sunday night.