Search for missing Rowan teen changes to homicide investigation


Pictured above: Michael Earley and Carlos Rosas, Jr. – Pictures courtesy of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office


The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation into this Homicide case. Due to the fact that Investigators are still conducting follow-ups, additional interviews, evidence collection, and that additional charges may be forthcoming, the information that I can release at the present time is limited!!

RCSO Investigators have been able to determine that when Michael Earley was last seen at 10:00pm on this past Sunday night, he was meeting the suspect in this case, Carlos Rosas, Jr. for an alleged prearranged drug transaction. During this alleged drug transaction, involving the sale of marijuana by Earley, there was a disagreement which digressed into a struggle. During the struggle, the suspect, Carlos Rosas, Jr. assaulted Michael Earley and killed him. After Earley was killed, the suspect, Carlos Rosas, Jr., transported the body of Earley to a secluded location. At this location, Carlos Rosas, Jr. partially dismembered the body of Earley, and buried the remains.

During the alleged drug transaction, RCSO Investigators were able to determine that there were two other persons present. RCSO Investigators have charged a Madison Drew Harrington, an 18 year old female, of 5475 Fish Pond Road, Salisbury, NC with Accessory After the Fact to Murder for her assistance in the concealment of the Murder. Harrington was put in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond, and has a first court appearance scheduled for 9:00am on May 10, 2019.

RCSO Investigators will continue work on this investigation until all leads and information has been followed up on!! Additional arrests are possible in this case. Anyone having information into this case can contact Lt. Chad Moose, at 704-216-8687; or Sgt. Rodney Mahaley, at 704-216-8711; or Detective Patrick Schmeltzer, at 704-216-8702.

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