K E N L Y, N.C., July 27, 2001 -- The parents of three teenage siblings founddead in a squalid mobile home have been questioned twice byauthorities who said today they have no suspects in the fatalshootings.
Marnie Rose Warren, 19, and her stepbrothers, Brandon KeithWarren, 14, and Bradley Kyle Warren, 13, were found dead Thursdayin the home filled with trash and animal droppings.
Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said parents Kent andNissa Warren were cooperative, though grief-stricken, when theywere questioned twice Thursday. Another interview was planned fortoday.
Autopsy results were not immediately available from the statemedical examiner's office in Chapel Hill.
Authorities had no suspects today and had not ruled outsuicide. Sheriff's Capt. Dale Wheeler said neighbors were not atrisk. Investigators have recovered a gun from the residence, butthey won't confirm whether it was involved in the shootings.
Nissa Warren called police Thursday afternoon after finding thebodies, Bizzell said.
‘You're Not Going to Believe This’
Warren told investigators that she last saw the teens about fourhours before she found the bodies. Her husband was at work.
A neighbor, Frances Jones, said she was driving by the trailerThursday afternoon when Nissa Warren, standing with a deputy,flagged her down.
"She held up three fingers and said, `Frances, you're not goingto believe this: My children are dead,"' Jones said.
Jones said she thought the woman was referring to the dogs,chickens, cows, goats, geese and horses the family kept in theiryard. "What do you mean, your kids are dead?" Jones asked.
The woman responded: "My children are dead; they're laying onthe floor naked, dead," Jones said.
Bizzell said there was no evidence the children had beenmistreated, though he said the home, about 35 miles southeast ofRaleigh, was full of garbage. "The place is unsanitary, bothinside and out," he said.
100 Percent Country
Neighbors said they knew little about the family.
"They were all home-school students, and they were not enrolledin public schools," said Jim Causby, superintendent of JohnstonCounty schools.
Jimmy Turnage, 62, who lives just outside Kenly, said he met theWarrens a few years ago when the mother came to him looking for anautomatic watering device for chickens.
They became friends, and from time to time Turnage gave NissaWarren potbellied pigs that people had brought him. The childrengrew fond of him, Turnage said.
"Every time I'd go over there, they'd come and see me and hugme just like I was a member of their family," he said. "They hada real sweet personality. … They were country people, just 100percent country."
Aaron Mitchell, who lives about a quarter-mile from the victims'home, said he was shocked at the deaths. He used to let them pickblueberries growing near his house.
"They seemed like right nice kids," Mitchell said. "Beforethey would come pick any, they'd always ask me about it, and I'dsay: 'Yeah, you can get some.'"
Neighbors said the husband worked at a Piggly Wiggly grocerystore. A store manager said Thursday night he had been instructednot to comment.