07/16/14 — Investigators still looking for leads

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Investigators still looking for leads

By John Joyce
Published in News on July 16, 2014 1:46 PM

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said it is following every potential lead in the investigation into the murder of Derrick Matthews, but that its investigators still need the public's help to find the perpetrators.

Matthews, 33, 102 Sal Court, died at his home early Sunday morning when intruders allegedly forced their way into the residence and shot and killed him.

"It is a very active investigation," Maj. Tom Effler said.

The incident took place at 1 a.m. Sunday. Patrol deputies arrived on scene minutes after being called to the residence and found Matthews dead at the scene from a gunshot wound.

Matthews brother, 26, whose name is being withheld, was inside the residence at the time, as was a small child.

Neither the brother nor the child were injured in the incident.

The suspects were described as two men in their 20s with dark complexions who wore coverings of some kind over their faces.

According to the victim's brother, one man held him at gun point while the other intruder fired into Matthew's bedroom, striking and killing him.

So far, no one has been ruled out as a suspect, investigators said Tuesday.

Anyone with information regarding the murder is asked to contact Wayne County Sheriff's Investigators Det. Sgt. Bob Golimowski at 919-731-1401, Det. Sgt. Mike Kabler at 919-731-1488, Det. Ron Baker at 919-735-2255.

People with information regarding the case but who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255, or text tips to 919-222-4230.

Callers providing information leading to a felony arrest may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000