“(We) had been in contact with Channel 9 and they had their helicopter in the air and actually located the vehicle for us,” Carpenter said.
The truck was found three days after Tobeler, 54, was found injured in the middle of busy Highway 150 Friday morning.
The sheriff said the people involved were people Tobeler had just met.
Detectives said Tobeler and several other people had been to a pool hall in Maiden and a bar in Denver before arriving at the intersection of Highway 150 East and Mack Ballard Road.
Investigators said an argument occurred and Tobeler got out of her vehicle and called Catawba County 911. The truck sped away, apparently running over Tobeler, who had fallen to the ground, investigators said.
“She was struck by this vehicle that was found in the pond, which is her vehicle, and the fact that the individuals involved didn't call for help, just went about their business to do away with the vehicle that was involved in it,” said Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter. “Very cold-hearted you might say, to do something like that.”
On Monday, her family learned she was brain dead and they decided to take her off life support.
“(It's hard) losing someone that's so good to people. She's just so good to everyone, that's the hardest part, which is likely what cost her her life. She was doing someone a favor and was in the wrong place," said the victim’s brother, Charlie Malcolm.
Channel 9 will be in court Tuesday with more updates on this developing story.