• Search warrants shed new light after 4 killed in Burke Co.

    By: Dave Faherty


    BURKE COUNTY, N.C. - Police documents shed new light on the string of violence that led up to the slaying of N.C. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 partner, Maros.

    Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty obtained search warrants Friday and learned why officers immediately suspected foul play when they got to the home north of Morganton.

    One of the search warrants focused on the home of Troy Whisnant’s parents.

    Officers said they got a call to do a welfare check and when they got there they found what appeared to be blood stains on one of the porches and drag marks inside the home.

    When officers looked inside they said it appeared there had been a struggle and a television was missing from the wall.

    When they went in, they found Ronda and Levi Whisnant dead.    
    The second search warrant focused on Troy Whisnant's Facebook page.
    There are several comments investigators believe Whisnant made including this one from late February where he says, "Why is it that you take everything in life that you love and take it for granted? I have nothing left and I am not in a good place. Please keep me in your prayers."

    "It just shows his state of mind that he lost everything and that he was in a bad place. I think that is consistent with what we knew of his history -- violence and substance abuse,” said Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant.

    On Friday afternoon, Faherty saw deputies and state investigators working to establish a timeline of where Whisnant went after killing his parents, but before he shot and killed Crisp and Maros.

    Part of that investigation led deputies in McDowell County to Ralph Silvers.

    Silvers showed Channel 9 surveillance video from Wednesday morning where Whisnant stole his pickup truck right out of his driveway while he and his wife were sleeping inside.

    Whisnant had apparently crashed another vehicle within walking distance of their house.  

    "If I’d come out here I wouldn't be talking with you now. That night if I had approached that guy no matter if I had my gun or not he'd probably have killed me because I didn't realize how bad he was," said Silvers.

    Search warrants also stated that Whisnant posted on his Facebook page, “The only Superman I know is my dad.”

    But then he killed his father and stepmother, police said.

    The visitation for Crisp will be Sunday at the West Court Baptist Church in Marion from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  His funeral will be held Monday 2 p.m. at McDowell High School and will be open to the public and the media.  McDowell County schools will be dismissed at noon.

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