Updated 1:25 p.m.

WINSTON-SALEM — Authorities have positively identified the skeletal remains of two people found in shallow graves behind a house in Clemmons – Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch.

The medical examiner’s office at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center made the identification. The skeletal remains were found Oct. 5 at 2749 Knob Hill Drive.

Three people have been charged in connection with the deaths. Pazuzu Algarad, 35, and Amber Nicole Burch, 24, have each been charged with first degree murder and accessory after the fact of first-degree murder, and Krystal Nicole Matlock, 28, has been charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

Chief Deputy Brad Stanley of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the investigation.

Wetzler and Welch both disappeared in 2009.

Josh Wetzler’s former girlfriend, Stacey Carter, last saw him in July 2009. She didn’t report him missing until six months later when he didn’t make contact with his family over the holidays. Wetzler’s car was discovered behind an apartment complex four months after he disappeared, according to Carter.

She had a son with Wetzler.

Welch was last seen Oct. 3, 2009, when he walked away from his brother's home in Clemmons on his way to his home about a half-mile away, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons database.

Based on the arrest warrants, it appears that investigators believe that in July of 2009 Algarad killed Wetzler and that Burch helped him bury that body. In October 2009, investigators say, Burch killed Welch, and Algarad helped her with the burial, based on the arrest warrants.

About one year later, in October 2010, psychiatrists at the now-closed Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh interviewed Algarad in connection with the 2010 shooting death of Joseph Emmrick Chandler, whose body was found near the Yadkin River. Algarad was charged with accessory after the fact to involuntary manslaughter. Algarad told psychiatrists that he practiced a “Sumerian” religion that involved monthly ritual sacrifice of a small animal.

He told interviewers that he had to perform a ritual every month during what he called the “black moon,” and he repeatedly asked if he could get out of the hospital to perform it, even promising to come back after he had finished.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s investigators spent last week searching the house at 2749 Knob Hill Drive. Forsyth County’s housing officials declared the house unfit for human habitation. The house had debris and mold and had animal feces throughout.


Posted 12:09 p.m.

WINSTON-SALEM — Medical examiners identified the remains of two bodies found in a Clemmons backyard. Three people have been charged in connection with the deaths.

One of the victims was 37-year-old Joshua Fredrick Wetzler, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Wetzler’s address was not immediately available.

According to a news release, the other victim was 36-year-old Tommy Dean Welch, whose address was not immediately available.

Thirty-five-year-old Pazuzu Illah Algarad and 24-year-old Amber Nicole Burch have each been charged with one count of murder and one count of accessory after the fact of murder. Authorities also charged 28-year-old Krystal Nicole Matlock of Winston-Salem with accessory after the fact.

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