As the deaths of a 6- and 7-year-old are still shocking a local community, there are more questions about what the homeowner was doing with a large pit on his property near Stanley.
Lincoln County sheriff's deputies have already interviewed 31-year-old Jordan Arwood, who lives at the scene of the deadly accident and was doing the work there.
However, they said the purpose of the construction project is still a mystery. The two children, James Caldwell and Chloe Arwood, were buried when a wall of the 24-foot deep pit collapsed on top of them where they'd been playing.
Jordan Arwood had been nearby, operating the rented backhoe that was digging the deep pit roughly 60-100 feet from the family home.
On Monday, Channel 9 checked with the county planning office and learned that there was no permit issued for the construction work. The last permit listed for that property on Cedarbrook Court was in 2001, when a double-wide mobile home was placed there.
Planning officials said an inspector was on the scene Monday, and would likely issue a stop-work order on the project.
Also Monday, deputies found guns and a marijuana plant there inside Arwood's home. As a convicted felon, he is not allowed to own a firearm.
However, Arwood had not been arrested as of late Monday. Deputies said they wanted to give the family time to grieve as they conduct the investigation.
Sheriff David Carpenter expects investigators to meet with the county district attorney and present their case by the end of the week.
He said his biggest concern is what, if any safety precautions were taken at the construction site.
"How much safety was used at the time the children were around the construction site?" he asked. "That's one of the things we'll look into."