When sheriff’s detectives interviewed the pair, they confessed to the murder, said a press release from the sheriff’s office.
The investigation suggests Poteet may have been beaten and run over by a vehicle, said Sheriff Steve Whisenant. An autopsy will be performed on Poteet on Thursday in Winston-Salem.
The odd sequence of events creating three crime scenes began early Wednesday morning.
At 12:59 a.m., the sheriff’s office responded to a fire at Poteet’s home, 5457 Rob Carswell Road, the release said. Enola Volunteer Fire Department had contacted the office after firefighters heard explosions.
At 2:08 a.m., officers found Poteet’s car, a 1996 Mercedes Benz, on the side of Pete Brittain Road near Oakdale Drive. The car had been also burnt.
Responding to a call, officers found Poteet’s body at 4:29 a.m. on River Road, between new and old N.C. 18 South.
Poteet was nude and in the roadway on the bridge, the release said.
Detectives, along with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office and Burke County Narcotics Task Force, canvassed the surrounding neighborhoods and interviewed prospective witnesses.
Investigators were able to piece together a time line of events, which led them to 118 Oakdale Drive and the two suspects.
Investigators declined to release information about the suspects' motive.