David Green Jr. Found Decapitated By Girlfriend Wendy Green & His Kids, Left in Freezer
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 11:04 am
|David Green's decapitated body was found in a freezer. His wife and two kids have been charged in his murder.|
His longtime girlfriend Wendy Green said David was traveling abroad. Neighbors said they hadn't seen David since April, but it could have been longer. So police decided to return to his home for a more thorough search.
By this time Wendy, his girlfriend of 17 years, had moved with their two teenage kids to Lumberton, North Carolina. The power in her former house had been turned off. When the cops arrived, they were treated to an overwhelming smell coming from a freezer in the basement. When they opened the door, they found David's decapitated body.
Detectives estimate he may have been there since January. Police subsequently arrested Wendy Green and the couple's 17-year-old daughter, Alexis. There's also a search warrant out for 15-year-old David Green III.
So far, there's been no indication of a motive in the case. David was arrested in 2007 on a domestic violence charge against Wendy. And Alexis was charged over the summer with burglary. One account even says the kids even fed portions of David's body to the family pit bull, though that hasn't been confirmed.
We'll keep you posted. (Special thanks to reader Taneisha for the tip.)
|David's cousin says Wendy Green was withdrawing larges sums of money from David's account after he went missing|
It's odd that no one seemed to notice that David Green had been missing for months, but he was apparently a man who kept to himself.
Cousin Shawn Thornbill first became worried when David didn't show up for the funerals of two aunts. Those worries were echoed by neighbor Allen White, who lived next door to Green for 20 years. The two men weren't close, but they were on a friendly basis. And White starting noticing something was amiss when David's normally immaculate lawn started to grow unruly.
He says the cable was turned off, as was the water. In July, the family moved somewhere else, but left their pit bull behind. A week later, the power was turned off. White left a note on the home saying he was going to call animal control if the Greens didn't take care of their dog, since temperatures were reaching 100 degrees.
Days later, he saw Wendy and the Greens' son David III in the driveway. "They were in the driveway and I asked her if everything was OK, did she need any help," White told the News Observer. "She told me, 'No, everything is fine.'"
But White eventually called David's mother, saying he hadn't seen him in a long time. Thornbill was hoping Wendy's excuses were true, that David was out of the country. But just to make sure, he called the State Department to see if David's passport had been used in the past few months. It hadn't. So the family hired a private investigator.
That probe came up empty. On September 1, David's brother filed a missing person's report. Police would search David's home a week later. But at this point, police were still working under the assumption that David could have left on his own. A cursory examination of the house found nothing.
In the meantime, according to Thornbill, Wendy began withdrawing large amounts of money from David's banking accounts. She told tellers that she was David's wife, and that her husband was out of the country. David's mom owns a string of nursing homes, and the family is considered rather wealthy.
But if Wendy and the kids were smart enough to keep David's murder concealed for all those months, they showed a disturbing stupidity when it came to dealing with his body. Thornbill says detectives are concerned that the kids fed portions of David to the family dog. They also think the kids might have been showing his mutilated body to their friends.
Inexplicably, the Wendy and the kids also left David's body behind in a freezer when they moved out of the house. It sat there for nearly four months after they moved and the power was turned off.
When police did a second search on October 6, the freezer was no longer working and the home reeked of death.
See our last story from the Homicide file: Steven Spader on Trial for Hacking Kimberly Cates to Death & Trying to Kill 11-Year-Old Girl.
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