Joe Shuping, a former Biscoe resident, was murdered last night at his residence in the Belford Church Road area. Few details are being released at this time but unconfirmed sources report there were two witnesses to the crime and leads are developing.

Officers from Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation, remained on scene hours after the early morning murder which was called in around 1 a.m. The murder is being described as brutal.

Shuping grew up in Biscoe but had a farm in the Jackson Springs area where he grew hydroponic tomatoes and mushrooms.