Man charged with murder after body of missing Lincoln woman found


Pictured Above: Steve Allen Avery, Mary Walters Cook – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office


Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have recovered the body of a missing Lincoln County woman.

Mary Walters Cook, 59, of Hamlet Street, Lincolnton, NC had been killed and her body tossed off a bridge on Boy Scout Road.

Last night detectives executed a search warrant at the residence of Steve Allen Avery, 60, of 2242 Drive Inn Road, Lincolnton, NC. During the search blood stains were found in the home. Avery then confessed to shooting Ms. Cook with a .22 caliber rifle and transported her body to the area where she was found. He then allegedly drove the truck back to Johnny’s Mexican Restaurant on Highway 150 and parked it behind the business.

Avery has been charged with first degree murder and is being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond.

Ms. Cook was reported missing on September 25, 2019 by her family who had not seen her since September 23, 2019. The woman’s vehicle was found on September 25, 2019 and someone was seen on security video walking away from the truck.

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