By Cleve R. Wootson and Steve Lyttle | The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives said Friday morning they are seeking help from the public in solving the deaths of a Charlotte couple whose bodies were found Thursday afternoon in their west Charlotte home.
One of the victims, 59-year-old Clyde Valentine, was facing felony charges of indecent liberties with a minor and statutory rape. Police would not comment on the possibility that those charges were related to the deaths of Valentine and his wife Ida, 59.
The Valentines lived in the 6400 block of Swift Arrow Lane, in a neighborhood between Moores Chapel and Little Rock roads.
Officers at the scene Thursday told reporters they believe the deaths were domestic-related. And a source told WSOC-TV the deaths did not appear to be a murder-suicide.
Detectives said during the summer that the charges against Clyde Valentine involved a relative, not a student at Phillip O. Berry Academy, where Valentine taught electronics before being put on leave after being arrested. He was charged June 12 with three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child. He then was charged Sept. 17 with one count of statutory rape.
Homicide detectives canvassed the west Charlotte neighborhood Thursday afternoon and evening.
One neighbor, Vernard Strewalt, told WCNC, “I never have seen problems there before.”
Capt. Gregg Collins, commander of CMPD’s Freedom Division, said there had been no signs of trouble at the home.
“No recent calls for service involving the police at all for the past several months,” Collins said.
Police ask that anyone with information in the case contact detectives at 704-432-TIPS, or leave information with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.