FBI says North Carolina man may have killed missing women in North and South Carolina

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Pictured left, Nancy Rego, of Charlotte, was reported missing in 2017. Edna Suttles, right, was reported missing from South Carolina in 2021.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System / Greenville County Sheriff’s Office

The FBI is investigating whether a Rutherford County man is linked to the deaths of at least two people, including a Charlotte woman who has been missing since 2017, according to an unsealed affidavit Tuesday.

In his affidavit, FBI Special Agent William Gang identified the suspect as Daniel Printz from Bostic, a small town about 75 miles west of Charlotte off US 74 near Spindale.

Law enforcement, who arrested Printz on weapons and auto theft charges in September, have been investigating him for at least six months in connection with the 2017 bombing. disappearance of Nancy Rego and the disappearance last August of an 80-year-old man Edna Suttles from Traveler’s Rest, SC

Neither of the two women has been found.

Printz was being held in Rutherford County Jail on Tuesday.

The new 10-page FBI dossier describes a macabre investigative trail that opened in the fall, crossed state lines and was marked by unusual evidence – including a cup of yogurt pier and an assortment of personal items belonging to one of the missing women found hidden in a bee box.

In an Oct. 13 interview with investigators in which he said he wanted to “purge” his sins, Printz alluded to multiple murders, according to the FBI agent’s affidavit. He said he “hypothetically” helped a friend euthanize the family member, then apparently killed the friend when the friend was remorseful and was “going to say so,” according to court records.

He talked about another friend he tried to help but also ended up dying. Printz disposed of the body so he could collect Social Security from the friend, the affidavit states. He also described being the target of an attempted robbery, which “did not turn out well for (the thief)”.

According to the affidavit, Printz is a suspect – but has not been charged – in Suttles’ disappearance. Surveillance video from August 27, the day Suttles disappeared, placed her and Printz in front of a Food Lion at Traveler’s Rest, SC

In October, Suttles’ purse, car keys and other personal items were found hidden in a bee box on Printz’s property, according to the affidavit. So was an empty yogurt cup, which tests later revealed contained a trace amount of a prescription painkiller, muscle relaxant and anti-anxiety medication.

During a search on October 10, a police cadaver dog “produced a loud alarm” around a tarp and garbage bag recovered near the bee box, according to the affidavit.

Asked specifically about Suttles during his Oct. 13 interview, Printz said he wanted a lawyer with him before saying anything more.

But he told his interrogators he could take them “within a yard” of the missing woman, the affidavit states.

Disappeared since 2017

During a search of Printz’s home in September as part of the Suttles’ investigation, detectives from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (SC) discovered the driver’s license and passport of Nancy Rego, who had gone missing five years earlier.

According to the affidavit, Rego’s family said she had a relationship with Printz before she disappeared in November 2017.

For a time, the family members texted and emailed a person who claimed to be Rego but refused to meet or talk to them, according to the affidavit.

After Printz was arrested last year, Rego’s debit card was found in his wallet. IInvestigators say Printz told them he held Rego’s power of attorney.

A subsequent search of Printz’s residence by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office found even more links to Rego, including bank statements, credit cards and a wallet belonging to his mother, according to court records.

During the same search, authorities also found a small black bag containing zip ties, a Taser and crushed pills in a small plastic bag labeled “Ativan,” a powerful anti-anxiety drug, according to the affidavit.

The status of the investigation is unclear. Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Lia Bantavani, spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, said she could not comment on an ongoing case.

Charlotte FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch also declined to comment, directing the observer to public documents on file.

Gang’s affidavit, which was filed under seal in federal courts for the Western District of North Carolina, was part of an FBI request last month for a search warrant for part of the property owned by Printz. on Kiser Road in Bostic. According to court documents, the warrant was issued on February 28. No items were seized during the search, the warrant said.

Printz’s wife sold the land and moved to Michigan, the affidavit states.

A packet of yogurt

The opening of the affidavit reads like the script for a scene from a Hitchcock thriller.

A week after Suttles disappeared in South Carolina, law enforcement found Suttles’ champagne-colored 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in front of a Best Western at Traveler’s Rest. Investigators quickly removed surveillance video from the hotel, the nearby Food Lion and an antique store next to Suttles’ home.

According to the affidavit, at 9:38 a.m. on August 27, Printz scanned his frequent shopper card at the Food Lion. His purchase: a packet of yogurt.

A minute later, Suttles parked his SUV next to Printz’s silver Chevrolet Cruze outside the store. Printz came out of the grocery store with a shopping bag and waved at Suttles, according to the affidavit. He retrieved a small bag from the Chevy then climbed into the front passenger seat of the SUV next to Suttles. They left.

Four hours later, Suttles’ Jeep left his house heading for the Food Lion. At 2:02 p.m., he pulled up to the store’s parking lot. This time, according to the affidavit, Printz was driving. He moved Suttles into his car, then drove his Jeep to the Best Western, where he was filmed wiping down the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

At 2:14 p.m. he returned to his car and drove off. At that time, according to the affidavit, Suttles appeared “immobile”.

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Michael Gordon has been the Observer’s legal affairs editor since 2013. He has been the newspaper’s editor and reporter since 1992, writing occasionally on schools, religion, politics and sports. He spent two summers as “Bikin Mike,” writing stories as he cycled through the Carolinas.

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