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Scotland County murder suspect sought

Timonte Purvis, 24, is wanted for murder in Scotland County.

LAURINBURG — Investigators with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help finding a murder suspect.

Scotland County Crime Stoppers posted a photo on Facebook July 11 of 24-year-old Timonte Ywkon Purvis of Gibson.

Purvis is wanted for the murder of Caleb Miles on July 8 and warrants have been obtained charging Purvis with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Investigators say Purvis has been known to visit the Little Philadelphia area just outside Rockingham in Richmond County.

However, residents in the community tell the RO Purvis is not known to that area.

Purvis is missing a foot, which was amputated within the past six weeks due to an accident, according to investigators with the SCSO.

Deputies warn residents not to try to apprehend Purvis, who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call 911, Scotland Scotland Crime Stoppers thru P3tips or 910-266-8146. Tips leading to Purvis’ arrest could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, according to a post.


Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Purvis is still on parole until Sept. 18 following his release from prison in December 2021.

Purvis was convicted on multiple charges in three Sandhills counties in 2020:

  • Cumberland – four counts of breaking and entering vehicles; one felony count each of larceny, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering
  • Scotland – one felony count each of discharging a firearm into an occupied property, possession of a firearm by a felon, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering
  • Richmond – one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and possession of a firearm by a felon

Records show Purvis was first convicted in Scotland County in 2017 on felony charges of fleeing to elude arrest and possession of stolen goods. Purvis was initially given probation, which was revoked in 2020.

He was incarcerated from April 7, 2020 until Dec. 22, 2021, records show.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

NOTE: Updated 5:21 p.m. 7-14-22.

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