The first of two foreclosure steps has been taken on the Clemmons home where human skeletal remains were found buried in the backyard in October.

Wells Fargo Bank was granted permission Tuesday to conduct a foreclosure auction at the Forsyth County Courthouse for the residence at 2749 Knob Hill Drive. The hearing date tentatively has been set for April 7.

Wells Fargo Bank is listed as the holder of the property and Trustee Services of Carolina LLC as trustee. The amount owed on the house was listed at $126,393 — the same as in a Jan. 14 filing on the county register of deeds website.

"At this time, we plan to move forward with the foreclosure and to demolish the property once that is completed, but we don’t have any specifics we can share at this time," Wells Fargo spokesman Josh Dunn said.

Dan Kornelis, director of the county Department of Housing and Community Development, has said that the tax value is $102,592.

“We have talked with Wells Fargo’s attorney about their interest in the home,” Kornelis said. “They have told us they plan to do something as soon as they get control of the home through foreclosure.”

The bodies of Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch were found buried in the backyard by law-enforcement officials Oct. 5.

Pazuzu Algarad and his girlfriend, Amber Burch, lived at the house along with Algarad’s mother, Cynthia James. There were reports that Algarad performed satanic rituals and animal sacrifices at the home.

Algarad and Burch have each been charged with one count of first-degree murder and accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in connection with the two men whose remains were discovered there.

In October, the county housing department declared the house unfit for human habitation.

Kornelis said his department estimates it could cost about $78,000 to repair the house and bring the property up to code.

A third person, Krystal Matlock, was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in connection with Wetzler’s death.

The next court hearing for the three defendants is April 30.

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