Thursday, November 10, 2011

Detectives Conducting a Murder Investigation at the Runaway Bay Apts

Kayie Wright
UPDATE: CMPD Homicide Unit Detectives have arrested Kayie Wright and charged him with the murder of Catherine (Cathy) Barca.  Wright has been charged with Murder, Robbery and Auto Theft.

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit are conducting a murder investigation in the parking lot of the Runaway Bay Apartments. The incident took place in the parking area outside of 8110 Runaway Bay Drive at 9:00 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2011. The victim has been positively identified as 50-year old Catherine Barca.

Independence Division officers responded to a call for service in reference to a woman who was found lying unresponsive in the parking lot, was naked from the waist down and severely beaten over the head.  She was pronounced deceased on the scene. Cathy Barca lives approx. four miles from where Wright dumped her body.

Detectives are currently following up on leads provided by residents of the complex. Detectives will continue to canvass the complex in the coming hours to determine if anyone saw or heard anything in the area that may be related to this investigation. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD Public Affairs Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Whitworth is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.