IREDELL CO., NC (WJZY) - The Iredell County Sheriff's Office has arrested a wanted man in connection to the murder of his 79-year-old mother.
A tip came in from a witness who had seen Michael Reid Frye, 55, on the news. He was seen in Kannapolis at midnight on Tuesday, according to police.
He was arrested around 1:30 a.m. by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said on Monday, July 25 they responded to a residence along Alexander Acres in Mooresville for the report of an assault.
Upon arrival, first responders found Barbara Allen Frye in the home with severe head injuries. The caller, Bonita Brown Smith, who also lives at the address found the elderly woman in her bedroom with massive head trauma.
Deputies discovered that there had been no forced entry into the home and nothing missing from the home. They also learned that the woman's son, who also lives at the address, was nowhere to be found.
His 2004 Toyota Rav4 was missing from the driveway. Smith reported that Michael Frye and his mother had been in an argument on the evening of Sunday, July 24. Smith said that she was scheduled to give Michael a ride to Salisbury for a court appearance on this date for a traffic violation.
According to Smith, it was unusual that Michael would leave without letting someone know.
Barbara Frye was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center but later died as a result of her injuries.
Detectives attempted to obtain information about this case from Frye but he refused to answer any questions.
Michael Frye was then transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he appeared before Magistrate T. Thompson and he was given no bond due to the murder charge.
Detectives were able to recover the vehicle that Frye was driving and was also able to interview various people where he was arrested in China Grove.
This investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.