Michael Todd Hill, 52, of Leland, was arrested Tuesday after the physique of 23-year-old Keonna Graham was found the day earlier than.
Hill, who gained his fortune from an Final Thousands and thousands scratch-off ticket in August 2017, checked into the lodge alone on Sunday, in accordance with a local NBC affiliate. Nobody on workers noticed Graham throughout his keep, he mentioned.
A housekeeper found her physique Monday when she went to scrub the room after Hill’s scheduled checkout.
Graham labored as a correctional officer at a jail in Burgaw, North Carolina, and beforehand labored with mentally disabled folks in a neighborhood rehabilitation middle. She was remembered by a relative as a beneficiant and adventurous lady who loved climbing and using bicycles.
“She did all of this like it was second nature to her,” mentioned Antionette Lee, her cousin, who added that Graham had an “unbreakable bond” together with her her 10-year-old sister.
“We are hurting. We are in pain,” Lee mentioned. “Our family is devastated.”
No additional particulars in regards to the killing have been obtainable.
Hill had bought his profitable scratch-off from a neighborhood gasoline station, the station reported. Staff there mentioned he stopped in usually and appeared completely nice. After hitting it large with the lottery prize, he returned to the shop to present the lady who offered him the profitable ticket $2,000.
He has been ordered to be held with out bond at a Brunswick County jail after his preliminary court docket look.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Workplace and the State Bureau of Investigation assisted within the investigation.