3 counts of murder apiece

ALEXANDER SHERIFF'S OFFICE charged Heidi Darlene Wolfe, left, of Wilkesboro, and Areli Aguirre Avilez, right, of Taylorsville, with three counts of murder apiece on Monday.

UPDATE: According to media reports, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department today said preliminary autopsy reports indicate two bodies burned beyond recognition and found in a burned mobile home in the Vashti community of northern Alexander Saturday night were those of an 11-year-old boy and his 13-year-old sister. The children’s mother is still missing, but authorities are searching for her body in the Catawba River, downstream from Oxford Dam and the N.C. 16 bridge on the Alexander-Catawba county line. Riverbend Park along the river in Catawba was closed as authorities looked for the body.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Wilkes County teenager and a Taylorsville man on three counts each of murder Monday.

Heidi Darlene Wolfe, 16, of Wilkesboro, and Areli Aguirre Avilez, 30, of Taylorsville, are charged in connection with two people found deceased and burned beyond recognition in the Vashti community of northern Alexander County late Saturday night. Authorities have identified them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

In the same case, an ongoing body recovery investigation was underway Monday in the Catawba River downstream from Oxford Dam and N.C. 16 on the Alexander-Catawba county line.

The Alexander Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information on the location of this individual to call Alexander Sheriff’s Office Communications at 828-632-2911 or the Alexander Crime Stoppers Line at 828-632-8555.

Wolfe and Avilez are both in custody without bond and have first appearances scheduled June 24 in Alexander County District Court. According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, Wolfe's last known address in Wilkes is Old Highway 18, Wilkesboro.

Firefighters found the two badly-burned bodies after they extinguished a fire in a mobile home on Pine Meadows Lane in Vashti. The bodies were in two different rooms.

The mobile home was fully engulfed in fire, which is believed to have resulted from arson, when members of the Sugar Loaf, Vashti and Taylorsville fire departments arrived. The fire was reported at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Avilez was taken into custody while he was walking along Macedonia Church Road south of Taylorsville about 1:20 p.m. Sunday.

Pine Meadows Lane is near the northern end of Black Oak Ridge Road. The Alexander Sheriff’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation and Alexander County Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.

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