Man, daughter identified after fatal assault in Rowan County






Posted: Nov 06, 2013 10:25 AM EST Updated: Nov 06, 2013 3:48 PM EST

By WBTV Web Staff – email

Richfield, NC (WBTV) –

Detectives in Rowan County are investigating after an elderly man and his daughter were found assaulted in the backyard of a home after a possible robbery; the man was fatally injured.

According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, 911 operators got a call for help around

8:15 a.m. Wednesday morning from a home along the 6200 block of River Road in Richfield.

WBTV has learned that a family member found the man, later identified as 87-year-old J.D. Furr, and his daughter, later identified as Sandra Steen, 62, in the driveway and yard area behind the home. Furr was deceased, officials said, and Steen had been assaulted.

Emergency Responders and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene.

Steen was rushed to Stanly Memorial Hospital in an ambulance before being taken by helicopter to another area hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Investigators immediately began an investigation into the incident, and established a crime scene perimeter.

Investigators tell WBTV’s David Whisenant everything was okay before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators say the family member arrived Wednesday morning to help out with some work around the house and discovered the man and woman.

“When they arrived here they initially saw a female laying out in the driveway, of course, they immediately checked on her, and then also they found an elderly deceased male close to the house,” Capt. John Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

A robbery of the residence may also have occurred, but investigators are still working to confirm that.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information that could help to please call (704)216-8700.

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