We are trying to raise money for the family to post a reward for information leading to suspects and also a private investigator. Justice prolonged, is justice denied.
We need help with the middle chapters of Gregory's death!
We hope that someone will come forward with information that could lead police to his killer.
The death of Gregory Ryan Sarles is a tale that begins in Charlotte and ends in Blacksburg, SC. it's the chapters in between, however, that still have to be written.
Diane Sarles is not alone in her belief that there are people who can fill in those chapters. so too is det. Harvey Owens of the Cherokee County Sheriff's office, who has been making repeated trips to North Carolina over the past few months to interview people who knew Sarles. but it's not just out of towners who know something that could help, Owens believes. he believes there's a witness, or witnesses, in the Blacksburg area who can provide vital information, too.
The current working theory of police is that Sarles, 23, left Charlotte on march 28, 2012, with another known individual and came to the area of Jordan lane and Burnt mill road in Blacksburg SC. Sarles left his vehicle behind in charlotte.
The following morning Sarles' body was found near a small pond, known locally as stump pond, off Burnt mill road. He had been shot multiple times, although investigators won't say exactly how many times or where in his body he was struck.
Based on the method of the killing, though, owens described it as "a very personal act."
Investigators ruled out robbery as a motive, since Sarles still had cash on him. rather, investigators are looking into the possibility the killing was somehow retaliatory in nature.
But for whatever reason, the last night he was seen alive, he drove away from charlotte in another person's vehicle and ended up in Blacksburg "” a place he had no connection to whatsoever as far as the family could tell.
Some time before he died, he reportedly sent a text message to an acquaintance.
The message, which could not be confirmed, read something along the lines of "it's real shady here and i want to get out of here."
"we feel this is a very solvable case," he said. in addition to turning towards North Carolina for new leads and new witnesses, owens said, "we feel there are individuals in the burnt mill, jordan lane area who possibly saw the victim, or the vehicle, or both, and do not realize they have vital information to this case."
it's possible, owens said, that Gregory Sarles may have come to the Blacksburg area in a goldcolored 4-door 2001 gmc yukon.
"we just need that one person who we know is out there who is going to have some information about (Sarles) being in that Jordan lane, Burnt mill area to come forward," Owens said.
anyone with information can call the cherokee county sheriff's office at [phone redacted], or crime stoppers of cherokee county at 1-888
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