Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Man In Connection To Missing Burke County Man Case

UPDATE – A fourth person has been arrested in connection to the disappearance. James Combs, 30, of Slabtown Road in Zionville was arrested on Friday.


A Zionville man has been arrested as part of the ongoing search for a kidnapped and still missing Burke County man.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office with a kidnapping investigation that originated in Burke County, North Carolina. 

Watauga County Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist due to the fact that the alleged individuals involved were residents of Watauga County. As a result of this investigation assistance Michael Stacey James May, 39, a resident of 887 Slabtown Road, Zionville, North Carolina was arrested on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant from the State of Tennessee on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at his residence.

May was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate on the State of Tennessee Charge Conspiracy to Commit Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and was given a $250,000.00 bond. On January 26, 2018, May waived extradition to the State of Tennessee and his return to the State of Tennessee is pending.

Earlier this week Robert Leroy Littleton, III was arrested in Mountain City, TN and Leigh Kathrine Mina was arrested in Watauga County in connection to the case.

Carlton Lamaar Edmondson is a 30 year old black male, 5’09”, approximately 250 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone who may have information regarding the whereabouts of Carlton Lamaar Edmondson, should contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to the location may receive a cash reward. You can also contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department at 432-727-7761.

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