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Homicide Investigation in Clay County

Press Release

On the early evening of 02/18/24 information was received from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Florida that a person might be deceased at 534 Mission Dam Road in Hayesville.

Clay County Sheriff’s Officers arrived to the residence to find the owner of the home, Todd Phillip Taylor, 61 years of age, lying on the living room floor deceased from a single gunshot wound.

During this time Taylor’s fiancée, Cheryl Ann Nicklow, 66 years of age, was hospitalized near Naples Florida after an apparent overdose attempt. Nicklow had been living with Taylor at his residence on Mission Dam Road and provided information that she had killed Taylor and afterwards driven to Florida.

Nicklow was charged with Taylor’s Murder in Clay County on this evening.

This is an active investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Agents from the NC State Bureau of Investigations (NC SBI) and the District Attorney’s Office. Clay County Investigators and the assigned SBI Agent are currently in Collier County Florida confirming the details of the events of this tragic event.

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