Missing Person Deceased, Suspects Charged and Arrested
On November 21, 2020, at 3:00 AM, Deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Econo Lodge in Forest City regarding a report of a female that had been assaulted and needed assistance. The female, Taylor Weaver, reported that she had been assaulted and was in need of medical attention. Weaver was transported to Rutherford Regional Medical Center for treatment. While there, Weaver reported to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division that Daryl Jamichael Price had been shot at a home in Ellenboro, North Carolina, and that her vehicle had been stolen.
As the investigation progressed, Detectives learned that Delarrio Laquone Goode had shot Daryl Jamichael Price and that Lakelia Ann Dickey and Taylor Weaver loaded Price into Weaver’s vehicle, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. The two originally intended to drive him to the Atrium Health System Hospital in Cleveland County, North Carolina, to seek medical attention. However, Price was never taken there. Instead, Dickey drove herself and Taylor to a field in Cleveland County and disposed of Price’s body. Soon after, Weaver jumped from the car and tried to find help for herself.
Dickey and Goode reconvened, along with Destiny Murray, and returned to the location where Price’s body had been left in Cleveland County. They moved Price from the field and put him back into the vehicle that he was originally transported in. From there, the three visited multiple service stations and were captured on store surveillance cameras. Murray also took an opportunity, like Weaver, to jump from the vehicle and attempt to seek help. At this time, Goode and Dickey were still operating the vehicle with Price’s body inside.
On November 21, 2020, a warrant for Delarrio Laquone Goode was issued for Felony First Degree Kidnapping of Taylor Weaver and Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. A warrant for Lakelia Ann Dickey was also issued for Felony Accessory After the Fact in the Kidnapping of Taylor Weaver and Felony Accessory After the Fact in the Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. Both suspects were entered in the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) as wanted persons for the outstanding warrants for their arrest.
On November 23, 2020, around 7:00 PM, Cobb Police Department in Austell, Georgia, located Goode and Dickey in a Wal-Mart Parking Lot in their jurisdiction. Goode and Dickey were still in possession of the stolen 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. Price’s body was not in the car and both suspects were arrested and taken to the local detention facility. Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Detectives travelled to Georgia on November 25th to interview Goode and Dickey.
On November 30, 2020, Rutherford County District Attorney Ted Bell advised the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office to charge Delarrio Laquone Goode with First Degree Murder. Both Goode and Dickey have waived extradition and will be returning to Rutherford County to be served the outstanding warrants against them.
Throughout this investigation, detectives have pursued all reported tips on the whereabouts of Daryl Jamichael Price. The NC State Highway Patrol launched one of their helicopters to be used for an aerial search of locations that could not be reached by the ATV and foot search crews. Each location identified as a possible site to find Price has been searched, however, he has yet to be found. Investigators are continuing to respond to all tips identifying Price’s possible location.
At the time of this release, the investigation is still active. The NC State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) has partnered with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, as is common practice in murder investigations, especially those where acts of the crime cross over multiple jurisdictions and state lines. As with any on-going investigation, and as more evidence is obtained, there is a possibility of additional charges of confirmed suspects in the crimes associated with the murder of Daryl Jamichael Price.