Waynesville Police confirmed earlier this week that the two deceased individuals found Wednesday died as the result of a murder-suicide.
According to a press release sent out by the Waynesville Police Department, surveillance footage from a neighboring home “captured the incident as it occurred.”
The release identifies the victim as Cynthia Lynn Smith, 38, of Waynesville, along with her unborn daughter, Riley Quinn Smith. Smith was four months pregnant. The assailent, who was also found dead at the same location, was Robert Brian King, 43, of Sylva.
“Together with other evidence collected, Investigators have determined that King murdered Smith and then intentionally took his own life,” the release reads.
According to a social media post by Smith’s uncle, Steve Goodson, Smith had broken up with King about a month prior and moved in with her mother at that location
“She was fearful of him but he was sneaky and never done anything bad enough to have the authorities involved,” Goodson said in the post, adding he would drive by the house each morning and afternoon to ensure his niece’s safety.
“From the video, he had been around for the last few nights waiting for her to come out, hiding in the shadows,” he added. “He was stalking her and yesterday morning around 7 a.m. he waited out of her sight, waited for me to drive by, as I’ve been doing every morning and evening.”
Goodson said that once he was out of sight, King killed Smith as she was into her car to go to work.
This investigation remains open while detectives continue to gather evidence and details surrounding this incident.
Sabrina Greene, a friend of Smith’s, reached out to The Mountaineer to let readers know that she is collecting memories for a memorial tribute that will be shown at her celebration of life service. Those who want to share their memories can do so on Sabrina Greene’s Facebook page.