Gun found in local park sparks police investigation

Konehete Park, News


Photos courtesy of Alice Miller

MURPHY, N.C.- The Murphy Police Department is actively investigating after a gun and several other questionable items were found at Konehete Park Saturday morning.


In the morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, Alice Miller, a resident of Cherokee County, North Carolina, came upon five items, which included an unloaded pistol, flash light, cell phone, one boot, and a small case, found abandoned at Konehete Park.

Miller immediately called Murphy Police Department with the findings.  Issuing a statement on the incident, Assistant Chief of Police Dustin Smith said:

MPD Officers notified me of the items found in the park on Saturday. MPD Officer Wooten did attempt to locate the owners of the items and determine the reason for the items being in the park. We have not been able to determine that as of this time.  The firearm was not listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database as a stolen firearm and does not match stolen reports as of now. We will continue to investigate this incident and try to find answers as to why these items were left unattended in the park.”

At this time, MPD does not have a person of interest and have not made any arrests in this case. However, the investigators and law enforcement officers at MPD are working diligently on this case.

“It is important to make sure people are alert and if they see something suspicious to call it in.” Miller wrote in an email regarding the incident. “People should be careful, but not fearful.”

If you have any information regarding this case or any other suspicious activity, please contact Murphy Police Department at 828-837-2214. Continue to check back with us at Fetch Your News for updates on this story and other news in Cherokee County, North Carolina. attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit [email protected]

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