Albemarle Police chief gives update on search for Baylee Carver

Published 4:25 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2024

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Albemarle Police Chief Jason Bollhorst gave an update on the search for Baylee Carver during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, revealing who made the 911 call and the connection between the 17-year-old and a 20-year-old man charged with concealment of her death.

“I want to express condolences to the family of Baylee Carver, all her loved ones, family members and all those friends, and anyone who had her in her life,” Hollhorst said during his opening statement. “This is a tragic event. We know everybody is grieving.”

Around 4:30 a.m. Friday, Albemarle Police officers responded to the 2900 block of Floral Drive after receiving a 911 call from a resident stating they needed police assistance.

“At the scene, Joshua Biles reported that his girlfriend Baylee Carver was deceased and that he had disposed of the body using a red Honda Civic,” Bollhorst said.

Biles has been charged with felony obstruction and concealment of death and is in custody at the Stanly County Jail.

A reporter at the press conference asked Bollhorst, “Mr. Biles called you all, to say he had disposed of this body, but didn’t say where?”

“He provided some information. He spent some time with SBI investigators as well as our detectives,” Bollhorst replied. “There is some information that’s included in the investigation that provided us with detailed areas to search.”

Albemarle Police and multiple agencies from within Stanly, Cabarrus, Rowan and Mecklenburg counties, in addition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, National Center for Exploited/Missing Children (NCMEC), N.C. Highway Patrol and elsewhere, continued their search on Tuesday.

Searchers have looked over more than 1,000 miles since Friday, totaling more than 50 hours and using K-9s, aerial support and GPS mapping.

At the close of the press conference, a reporter asked if Biles had admitted to killing Carver.

“He made no statements of that,” Bollhorst said.

Questions of previous abuse by Biles toward Carver were also asked. The Stanly News & Press is investigating to see if any charges were previously filed.

“We’re looking into everything that is relevant to this investigation,” Bollhorst said.

While the public is not needed as part of the search, Bollhorst said, police still ask everyone to review surveillance cameras from 3 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday in the areas of Gold Hill, Cold Water, Mt. Pleasant, Albemarle, Richfield and Misenheimer for activity involving the 1999 two-door red Honda Civic with black wheels, North Carolina tag number RHC 1776.