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SALISBURY, N.C. - UPDATE: Friends of the suspects claim that the self-proclaimed Satanic couple bragged about killing two prostitutes. Read the original story below.
A Salisbury, North Carolina, family has more questions than answers after a father missing for years was found buried in the backyard of a self-proclaimed Satanist.
For five years, the family has been holding out hope that their loved one was still alive.
But now they're forced to come to grips with the death of Joshua Wetzler.
Charlotte's WSOC-TV spoke to the victim's mother by phone.
“It's tough,” Martha Wetzler said. “Everybody knew something had to have happened because he would've called.”
She said she last spoke to her son in June 2009.
Joshua Wetzler's son and ex-girlfriend live in Salisbury.
They reported him missing soon after his disappearance, and that’s when police started looking into Pazuzu Algarad – a self-proclaimed Satanist.
Algarad’s home in Clemmons is painted with pentagrams, and his tongue is surgically forked.
Family members said he bragged about killing people and burying them in his backyard.
Five years ago, police searched the backyard and found nothing.
Recently, there was another murder investigation at the same home.
This time, they found the remains of Joshua Wetzler and another man, Tommy Welch.
Algarad allegedly killed Wetzler, and Algarad's wife, Amber Burch, allegedly killed Welch, according to arrest warrants. Algarad and Burch are each charged with one count of murder and one count of accessory after the fact to murder, police said.
Authorities believe the couple helped each other bury the bodies.