Someone demolished home, barn: Property owner was in assisted living

The remains of the demolished home on N.C. 226A 

DUSTIN CHANDLER/MCDOWELL NEWS

McDowell County deputies are trying to find out who demolished a house and barn over the last five months without permission, according to reports.

On Oct. 6, Robert Scott Brinkley of Newport News, Virginia, was notified by a Marion resident that a single-level home and wood barn at 54 N.C. 226A had been left in rubble. The owner of the property, Brinkley’s father – 85-year-old Robert McCall Brinkley – was residing in an assisted-living facility at the time both buildings were dismantled.

The house was valued at $25,000, while the barn was valued at $10,000.

According to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the property was last known secure on March 15 of this year. During that time, Brinkley had been renting the home to a family and asked to them to move out of the residence. The family subsequently left the home in March.

At this time, no arrests have been made and the case is still under investigation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information on the demolition is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 665-2235 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.

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