PERQUIMANS COUNTY N.C. (WAVY) – A husband and wife have been arrested in Perquimans County after moving the body of a dead man to another county, according to police.
On January 30, the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office started a death investigation after a man was found dead on Peartree Road in Pasquotank County.
An investigation led detectives to the Wildwood area of Holiday Island in Perquimans County, where they discovered the victim had actually died. Investigators determined his body was transported to Pasquotank County to hide his death.
According to Sheriff Shelby White of Perquimans County, the victim died of an overdose.
On March 13, Tia Medlin, 34, of Virginia Beach was arrested and charged with felony conceal/ failure to report a death and felony alter/steal/destroy criminal investigation.
Tia’s bond was set at $100,000 and she was transported to the Albemarle District Jail.
Investigators developed information on Holden Medlin, 32, while he was waiting for his wife Tia in the waiting room.
Holden was wanted on charges of felony conceal/failure to report a death and felony alter/steal/destroy criminal investigation.
Holden was later located at Grubb Street near Front Street. Investigators attempted to arrest him, but he fled on foot. At one point he displayed a gun at deputies, but they ultimately arrested Holden without incident.
The vehicle that Tia and Holden drove to Perquimans County was searched and deputies found a sawed-off shotgun, a .45 caliber handgun, 6.5 grams of fentanyl, 13.3 grams of meth, 51.7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Holden was charged and taken to Abermarle District Jail with a $75,000 bond set.
In an update from deputies on Mar. 16, the sheriff’s office arrested Brittany Cartlege on Mar. 14 in connection to the incident. Cartlege is facing charges of concealing and failing to report a death in reference to an overdose.
This isn’t the first time Holden was arrested; he was the center of another high-profile case in Hampton Roads in 2018.
Chesapeake Police were investigating him after they got a tip that he was illegally buying guns.
Police stopped him near the intersection of Berkley Avenue and Wilson Road on July 18, 2018. Holden wasn’t in the car alone. His 19-year-old girlfriend, Sarah Wilson was also in the car.
Police said her hands were cuffed behind her back when Wilson got a gun out of the car, “contorted” her body and shot herself. She died.
Holden pleaded guilty in 2019 to several crimes connected to the traffic stop.