Police seek leads in Chase City murder
The Chase City Police Department is asking the public for help following the first murder reported in the town since 2004.
According to Chief J.A. Jordan, Chase City officers responded to the 400 block of N. Washington Street at 11:56 p.m. on Wednesday night in response to a report of shots fired in the area.
Arriving on the scene, they found the body of Michael Jerome Stewart, 33, laying face down in the street. Members of the Chase City Rescue Squad arrived on the scene, and Stewart was pronounced dead.
Stewart, a Chase City resident, formerly resided in Clarksville, according to authorities.
Chase City officers assisted by deputies from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office quickly began a search of the area. A tracking dog was also brought in from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The search failed to turn up any clues.
The victim was transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond for autopsy, and authorities are treating the death as a homicide.
No motive has been determined in the case at press time.
Jordan said that authorities are asking the public to come forward with any information they may have on the death. Citizens are asked to call the Chase City Police Department at (434) 372-4244 or Mecklenburg County Crime Solvers at 1-877-676-8477. Callers to Crime Solvers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for providing information that leads to an arrest and indictment.