Newly-released search warrant documents detail what investigators discovered on a double-murder suspect’s North Carolina property while searching for clues in an unrelated 15-year-old unsolved cold case.
Robert Jason Owens, 36, faces two counts of first degree murder and one count of murder of an unborn child. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said Owens murdered Joseph “J.T.” Codd, 45, and his wife, Cristie Codd, 38, and their unborn child on Mar. 12. The couple’s remains were later found in a wood stove on Owens’ property, investigators said.
Owens was questioned – but never charged – in the disappearance – and presumed murder – of Zebb Quinn, 18. Quinn disappeared in January 2000. Asheville police detectives said Owens was the last person to see Quinn, who was an acquaintance of Owens’.
The search warrant documents show that detectives found several plastic bags “containing possibly pulverized lime or powdered mortar mix,” underneath Owens’ house during a search on Mar. 30. The documents also detail a conversation between a detective and an unidentified Owens’ relative. The relative told the detective that Owens poured concrete over a large hole on his property sometime after Quinn vanished.
According the the documents, the relative told the detective that Owens said he poured the concrete to build a fish pond, but never built one.
The Asheville Police Department would not comment on the information contained in the search warrants because the investigation is ongoing.