The victim of a stabbing incident that occurred on I-77 in Mount Airy early Wednesday morning was listed in serious condition at Wake Forest Medical Center that evening, and authorities were looking at the possibility that the crime may have been related to a Wednesday morning homicide in Mount Airy.
The victim, Bryan James Mace, had called 9-1-1 at 5:22 a.m. and reported that he had been stabbed, according to Captain Lloyd Terry of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
Terry said Mace, who is believed to be from Florida, was traveling northbound on the highway to visit Ohio and had pulled over to rest near exit 100 where the interstate crosses N.C. 89.
Although many details of the stabbing or suspect were not yet available, Terry said Mace “made it back to his car,” and contacted authorities.
“It’s my understanding the victim was stabbed once,” said Sheriff Graham Atkinson.
Mace was first transported to Northern Hospital of Surry County and then to the medical center in Winston-Salem.
The incident is under investigation and additional details will be released when they become available, Terry said.
The captain noted the incident was “nothing related to this,” referring to a simultaneous investigation of a homicide in Elkin that was reported to the office shortly before noon on Wednesday.
However, officials were also busy Wednesday morning investigating the homicide of an elderly Mount Airy woman whose vehicle was located abandoned off I-77 near mile marker 99.
The Mount Airy woman was found dead at 8 a.m., but authorities don’t know when the crime took place or when her Nissan car was stolen.
The car was found only about a mile from the Mount Airy exit, and the attack on Mace occurred near that exit.
“No definitive connection has been made but we are certainly looking at that as a possibility in the Mount Airy incident,” said Sheriff Graham Atkinson.
“As with any investigation we are looking at every possible avenue and theory but not making any determination until the facts support it.”
Anyone with information regarding either homicide or the stabbing incident is asked to contact the Surry County Sheriff’s Department.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.