J. R. Whitt

Caswell County Sheriff’s Office is still on the lookout for Jeremiah Randall Whitt, former director of Harrelson Funeral Services in Yanceyville, who is charged with a Felony warrant for the commission of (1) Count of Obtaining Property by False Pretense and (1) Count of Disturbing Human Remains. Sheriff Tony Durden is asking that anyone with information regarding Whitt’s whereabouts is asked to call the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 694-2555 or (336) 694-9311.

The community was shocked last week when two corpses were found on property belonging to Whitt’s family in Semora. Searches of the property have been underway ever since. It was reported that a faint odor coming from the property instigated a call to the police.

During a recent meeting in Providence, Sheriff Tony Durden shared if anyone who is concerned about how a deceased loved one’s remains may have been treated by the Harrelson Funeral Home in Yanceyville can call his department at (336) 694-9311. They will direct you to the agencies that can further assist you.

Sheriff Durden also told The Caswell Messenger that his office conducted a search warrant on Harrelson Funeral Services on Friday. Certain materials relevant to a criminal investigation that is underway were removed.

On May 27, the Department of Insurance conducted a search to also gather evidence in a criminal investigation.

During a conversation in February with Stephen Davis, Executive Director of NC Board of Funeral Services, he confirmed that Harrelson Funeral Services located in Yanceyville had not renewed its license as of December 31, 2020. Likewise, President Jeremiah Randal Whitt has not renewed his license either.

Late last year in December 2020, The Caswell Messenger ran the following press release from the insurance commissioner.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has announced that Jeremiah Randall Whitt, 39, of 1316 N.C. Highway 57 North, Milton, was charged with insurance fraud, a felony.

Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Whitt of trying to obtain payment for funeral services from ABM Funding Inc. and Standard Life Insurance Co. by claiming to have witnessed the signature of a woman who had been dead for nearly a year on an insurance document.

The offense occurred on Nov. 18, 2019.

Whitt was served with a criminal summons on Nov. 24 in Caswell County.

Commissioner Causey estimates fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents on every dollar paid on insurance premiums, maybe more. That's why he has cracked down on this white-collar crime by boosting the NCDOI Criminal Investigations Division.

Over the past two years, CID Special Agents recovered $7.5 million in damages – money that was returned to consumers and insurance companies. The restitution also helps preserve insurance rates.

To report suspected fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.