07/27/10 — No leads yet from LaGrange murder

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No leads yet from LaGrange murder

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on July 27, 2010 1:46 PM

LAGRANGE -- The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is still without solid leads in the shooting death of a restaurant manager on June 25, a police major said.

Maj. Christopher Hill said he could not release any additional details about the murder of Bojangles manager Ken Leefe, 55, but hinted that the authorities there might release information "soon."

"We just have not made any additional statements since the initial incident, so we really have nothing to report," Hill said. "We may very well be putting out some information soon."

However, Hill said he believes there were witnesses or other people with knowledge of the crime who have not provided police with that information.

"It would be nice if they would step forward and give us some good information that we could use," he said.

Lenoir County Sheriff Billy Smith said June 25 that the emergency call came in around 11:45 p.m. on June 24.

After an initial call for an unresponsive person, responding officers found Leefe slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle in the parking lot of the U.S. 70 West fast food restaurant.

Smith said the Bojangles manager had been shot at least once, but Hill said that no further information has been released in the investigation.

Police have also not released a possible motive for the slaying.

Hill said citizens can give police tips about the crime or any other by visiting www.co.lenoir.nc.us/etips.html and filling out the form, then clicking the "Submit" button.