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Reward increases to $10,000 as search continues for NC couple charged in furniture plant murder
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Reward increases to $10,000 as search continues for NC couple charged in furniture plant murder

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The U.S. Marshals Service increased its reward in the search for an Alexander County couple charged in connection with the fatal shooting inside a Hickory furniture plant. 

Brian Alfano, a deputy commander with the U.S. Marshals Service, said the reward was upped in an effort to gather more information on the location of the suspects. "Nothing much" is how he described the tips received to date.

Tangela and Eric Parker have been on the run since the shooting death of Phelifia Marlow at TCS Designs on Jan. 13. Tangela Parker, who worked with Marlow, was charged with murder. Eric Parker is charged with accessory after the fact.

"We are hoping the public can help us," Alfano said Tuesday. "We are hoping to bring them to justice and give the family some closure."

Alfano noted the beige Honda CRV reportedly used by the suspects to flee the scene of the shooting has not been recovered. People should still be on the lookout for the vehicle, he said.

Anyone with information on the case can call the U.S. Marshals Service at 877-WANTED2.

Alfano reminded the public that all tips are confidential. Tips can also be shared online at

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Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.



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