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April 18, 2019

Arrest Made in Murder of Pisgah Inn Employee

An arrest has been made after the death of a Pisgah Inn employee was ruled a homicide. FBI officials said in a news release the body of Sara Ellis, 29, of Seminole, Florida, showed evidence of foul play.

The Pisgah Inn employee was reported missing about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. She was found by law enforcement about three hours later. Ellis had worked as a pantry cook at the Inn since May. Her body was located off an embankment. A rescue crew found her body located on a trail between the inn and employee housing.
Federal investigators said the Pendergraft confessed to the Pisgah Inn manager on Wednesday that he had killed the woman. The manager turned that information over to authorities and Pendergraft was arrested.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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