Joshua Allen

Joshua Allen

The Sparta Police Department has charged a North Wilkesboro man with murder in the death of a former Wilkes County resident.

Joshua Anthony Allen, 34, was arrested by Capt. Justin West of the Sparta Police Department for the murder of Kadejuia Nichole Hamilton, 26, of Crestview Apartments in Sparta.

Allen remains in the Alleghany County Jail with no bond, with a court appearance scheduled Jan. 12 in Alleghany District Court. His current address is 226 Peace Street, North Wilkesboro and his former address is 1275 North Ridge Road, Roaring River.

The Sparta Police Department also charged Allen with felony identity theft and felony obtaining property by false pretense in connection with the use of a food stamp card belonging to Hamilton. Warrants for these offenses indicate that the murder occurred on Oct. 10 or 11.

Allen was extradited from Horry County, S.C., to Sparta and charged with murder on Dec 18. He was in the Myrtle Beach Jail after being arrested on unrelated charges by the Surfside Beach Police Department there on Oct. 17.

Surfside Beach police took Allen into custody after receiving a call from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigating asking them to to to a certain beach pier parking lot to look for an orange Chevrolet with a certain North Carolina license plate number. They were told the male driver was likely armed and the female passenger was reported missing.

Surfside Beach police located Allen and the female passenger, who had her infant son, and reported that he acted very nervous. A Surfside Beach police report said the woman was one of three missing females the SBI was investigating.

Allen was arrested for simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and a hold was placed on him for unlawful carry of a handgun after the car was searched. The report said that according to the SBI, car he was driving and a cell phone in the car belonged to one of the three missing females, who wasn’t identified. The phone was “pinged” to locate Allen, the report said.

Hamilton was reported missing to the Sparta Police Department on Oct. 16 after the grandparents of Hamilton’s young child weren’t able to make contact with her for several days, stated a Sparta Police Department press release. The grandparents live in Wilkes.

The release said statements were obtained regarding Hamilton’s possible whereabouts during the ensuing investigation by the Sparta Police Department, Wilkes Sheriff’s Office, Wilkesboro Police Department and State Bureau of Investigation Agent Chris Laws. The investigation spanned two states.

A body found on Oct. 19 in the White Plains Road section of Roaring River was identified as Hamilton on Oct. 26. Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew said at the time that the death was being investigated as a homicide that occurred in Sparta and that there was a suspect.

Authorities haven’t said anything about the cause of Hamilton’s death, apparently because they’re still awaiting a full autopsy report. Hamilton was a 2012 graduate of Wilkes Central High School

Allen was already awaiting trial in Wilkes on charges of assault on a female, battery of an unborn child and habitual misdemeanor assault filed by the Wilkesboro Police Department in July 2020. Vanessa Davis of North Wilkesboro, identified by police as the victim, said Allen assaulted her in the Food Lion supermarket parking lot on Westwood Lane.

According to a police report, Davis said Allen was her boyfriend. The report said Davis was nine months pregnant and that Allen was the father. She was identified as the victim in an earlier case in which Allen was charged with assault on a female.

Allen also is awaiting trial on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and with two counts of sale and delivery of heroin filed by the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office in June 2020. Allen has several prior convictions of assault on a female, communicating threats and other criminal offenses.

Meanwhile, the Wilkesboro Police Department is still investigating the disappearance of Renee Ann Walker, 28, of Purlear. On July 9, Walker’s grandmother told a Wilkesboro officer that Walker was missing and that she hadn’t seen her since June 19.

According to a police report, Walker was staying at the Quality Inn in Wilkesboro and checked out of the motel on June 29. She was a 2010 graduate of West Wilkes High School.

Wilkesboro Police Chief Craig Garris got a Silver Alert issued for Walker by the N.C. Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Sept. 25. Silver Alerts are issued to help locate missing people who suffer from some cognitive impairment and may be endangered.

Law enforcement officials have declined to comment on any possible connection between the disappearance and murder of Hamilton and disappearance of Walker, but they have indicated awareness of the possibility of gaining information on one of the cases while investigating the other.

They also have declined to comment on any possible connection between these cases and the Dec. 10 discovery of human remains off North Ridge Road in Roaring River, about a mile north of the intersection of N.C. 268 East and North Ridge Road.

Officers of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office and Wilkesboro Police Department responded to that discovery. No identifying information or other details about the remains have been made public.

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