- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) - Sheriff’s deputies in Hoke County are searching for two people in the slaying of the manager of a Raeford motel.

Area media outlets report warrants charge Tyler Mark Pierce and Samantha Lynn Shilts, both 21, with robbery and first-degree murder.

They are wanted in the death of 58-year-old Jakir Mohammad Sheikh who deputies say was strangled and found in a room of the motel on Monday.

Authorities say his car, a 2003 Dodge Stratus with Illinois plates, was missing.

Investigators say they learned last Friday that a law officer in Ohio had stopped that car with the couple inside.

The investigators said the officer was told the couple bought the car and were on their way to Oregon where Shilts is from.

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