35-year-old Pastor Adam Nygren died on September 9, 2022, at home on Burning Ridge Drive in Mooresville. Investigators said a friend of Nygren said he went by his residence and found the pastor dead. On August 11, 2023, police arrested 27-year-old Kire McNeil in Lincoln County, charging him with selling the deadly drugs to the pastor.
According to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, an autopsy confirmed Pastor Nygren died of a drug overdose, listing fentanyl, cocaine, and clonazepam, a drug that treats seizures.
Investigators said their investigation continued for months and ended in McNeil being arrested. He is in the Harven Crouse Detention Center under a $125,000 secured bond.
Pastor Nygren was an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.
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