MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl as her father is in custody facing murder charges.
Joshua Lee Burgess, 32, of the 5100 block of Hampton Meadows Road near Wesley Chapel, turned himself in at 9:24 a.m. Aug. 18 at the sheriff’s office. Burgess told the lobby dispatcher that he had just killed someone, and he gave authorities the location and identity of the victim, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies found the body of Zaria Joshalyn Burgess inside her father’s home. The sheriff’s office is waiting on the autopsy report from the medical examiner, but WSOC-TV reporter Tina Terry reported from the Union County courtroom that the girl was strangled and her throat was slit.
Detectives have been working with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to conduct interviews and search the crime scene.