Thursday marked the two-year anniversary of Mooresville resident Matthew Stewart’s murder, and the Mooresville Police Department is still searching for leads in the baffling case.
Stewart, 31, a registered nurse at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, was fatally shot and his wife Angela was wounded in the arm on June 9, 2009, during what has been termed a home invasion in the Gabriel Estates neighborhood in north Mooresville.
No suspects have ever been identified or any arrests made. But the case hasn’t faded away for the MPD.
“We’ve recently enlisted the help of an expert psychiatrist who has a lot of experience with homicide investigations and has interviewed suspects to determine their behavior before and after murders,” said Mooresville Police Chief Carl Robbins.
“We are constantly trying to find experts to go over this case with fresh eyes and gather new evidence.”
According to police reports, Stewart and his wife were in bed when a man broke into their home on Shepherd Hill Drive and began shooting. Angela Stewart, who was shot in the arm, managed to flee to a neighbor’s home with the couple’s young son.
Police believe Matt Stewart was fatally wounded while struggling with the gunman.
Robbins said this case has been frustrating because of a lack of a motive.
“It’s hard to find anyone who had anything negative to say about Matthew,” he said. “We can’t find anyone with any animosity toward him or his family; there’s no ill will. We haven’t taken any possibilities off the table, and it could have been random.
“We’re looking at all angles.”
Robbins said most homicides in the Mooresville area are quickly solved because there are more leads, evidence and a clear motive.
“It’s been extremely puzzling,” Robbins said. “We have a safe, tight-knit community, so this is an unusual case.”
The State Bureau of Investigation was immediately called in to assist in the investigation and Robbins said they continue to lend a hand.
“They’ve been a great help, loaning us agents and resources from their Hickory office,” Robbins said. “We still need help from the media and the public, as we really believe someone out there could offer information on what happened that night.
“We have not forgotten Matt, and we know that his family wants nothing more than closure. We would love to be able to give it to them.”
Robbins urged anyone in the community who may have information on the Stewart case to call the Mooresville police at (704) 664-3311.