Police Charge Man with Homicide
The Belmont Police Department responded to South New Hope Road at the Seven Oaks Bridge at approximately 1:15 am on Sunday May 5, 2019 upon report of a vehicle off the road and in the water. Subsequent investigation revealed a deceased person in the vehicle, who was later identified as Delia Aldridge Rick, 61-years-old. The investigation determined that she had been murdered.
A joint investigation by the Belmont Police Department and the Gaston County Police Department has led to a First Degree Murder charge filed for the arrest of James Michael Rick, 48 years old. James Michael Rick is believed to be in the North Myrtle or Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. He was last seen driving a black in color 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck with a NC License Plate number: HS9845
The Gaston County Police are also looking for a second person of interest in this case, Melinda Kay Robinson, 51 years old. Robinson is an acquaintance of both Delia Rick and James Michael Rick.
Further details surrounding the investigation cannot be released at this time. The Gaston County District Attorney’s Office was consulted prior to charging.
Anyone with information about this case or the whereabouts of James Michael Rick or Melinda Kay Robinson is encouraged to contact the Gaston County Police at (704) 866-3320 or Crimestoppers at (704) 861-8000.