$10,000 reward offered in Lincoln County unsolved murder case

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — Detectives announced on Monday there is a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in a homicide investigation after a man’s body was found on July 13 in the woods of Lincoln County.

Deputies said they were called around 7:40 p.m. to Smith Farm Road in Lincolnton after two men training a hunting dog found a suspicious vehicle that was parked off the road in a secluded wooded area.


No one was in the car but investigators learned that it belonged to a man who had been reported missing on July 7. Deputies said a K-9 was then brought to the scene and discovered the body nearby.

The body was sent to the medical examiner’s office at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem and was identified as William Buster McCarter, 37, of Lincolnton.

McCarter’s mother, Pattie Sisk, told Channel 9 that she drove for hours and knocked on doors for weeks searching for her son.

“The last day I saw him was at 10:47, May 29,” Sisk said.

Sisk said that her repeated calls for help were not heard.

“I want people to know I needed help, and all I could do was go to social media for the help,” she said. “Social media. If you’ve seen my son? Day 15. Day 13. Day 12.”

The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.

“He was mine for 37 years, two months and five days,” Sisk said. “He wasn’t anybody else’s.”

If anyone has any information about the incident a special phone line has been set up at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, 704-732-3708. As always you can also contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

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