Third person arrested in murder of elderly man found under bridge

- Gaston County police have arrested a third person in connection to the murder of a 90-year-old man who was reported missing earlier this month. 

Willie J. Frazier II was taken into custody Friday afternoon and charged with third-degree murder. 

Police arrested Brian Thad Carver, 42, this week and charged him with first-degree murder, kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Carver was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 15 after he was accused of targeting and robbing three elderly people in Gaston County. Deputies said Carver would come up with a 'sob story' to get inside their homes, and then pretend to make a call.

Once inside, he would pull out a gun and force the victims to give him money. 

Two of the victims, a 77-year-old and an 80-year-old, told FOX 46 Charlotte they both knew Carver. They said he would help them cut their trees during the fall. 

Once in custody, Carver was charged with the murder of Ray Ronald Jackson, 90, who had been reported missing by family. Carver's stepson, Joshua Scott Rick, 22, of Kings Mountain, has also been charged with first-degree murder in this case. 

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Jackson was reported missing by family and was last seen on March 5. His body was found under a bridge in the 500 block of Landers Chapel Road by a NC Department of Transportation structural inspection crew on Monday, March 13.

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Deputies arrested Carver on Wednesday, March 15 after he was found hiding in a motel room shower at the Red Carpet Inn on Broadcast Street in Gastonia. He is currently being held in the Gaston County Jail on a $1 million bond. His stepson, Rick, was taken into custody just a day later, on Thursday, March 16. 

No word on how Carver and his stepson Rick know the third suspect, Frazier. 

The funeral of Ray Jackson is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21 at First Wesleyan Church in Gastonia. There will be a closed casket draped with an American Flag to honor Ray's service to our nation. The viewing begins at 2:30 p.m. and the Memorial Service begins at 3 p.m. A committal service will take place at Hollywood Cemetery in Gastonia with honors presented by the Gaston County Honor Gaurd. 

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