N.C. man gets life in prison for kidnapping, killing 80-year-old woman he met at grocery store
06/24/2022 11:55 am PDT
GREENVILLE, S.C. (TCD) -- A 59-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the death of an elderly woman he met at the grocery store.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina announced Daniel Glen Printz from Bostic, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to kidnapping Edna Suttles, taking her across state lines, and killing her. He will serve his sentence in federal prison without the possibility of parole.
According to the criminal complaint, Suttles was reported missing Aug. 28, 2021, after she failed to show up to work. Days later, on Sept. 3, 2021, law enforcement officials from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office located her Jeep Grand Cherokee at a Best Western in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.
Investigators obtained surveillance footage that showed Suttles and Printz arriving at the Food Lion grocery store in Travelers Rest around the same time before 10 a.m. on Aug. 27. At 9:38 a.m., Printz reportedly bought a four-pack of yogurt, and one minute later, waved at Suttles in the parking lot. They greeted each other and footage showed them leaving together in her car.
At 1:43 p.m., Suttles' vehicle was seen driving away from her residence, and about 20 minutes later, arriving at Food Lion. Printz reportedly got out of Suttles' car, which he parked "in the far part of the lot," and got into his Chevy Cruze on the other side of the lot. He moved his car closer to the Jeep, then "moved Suttles into his vehicle from her vehicle."
At 2:07 p.m., Printz drove her car to the Best Western lot and wiped it down before walking away. He got back into his car and "drove off with an apparent motionless Suttles."
On Aug. 30, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a search at Suttles' house and found yogurt containers that matched the ones Printz bought a few days prior. Printz was arrested Sept. 9, 2021, on a grand larceny charge. When officials searched his residence, they reportedly found firearms, which he was prohibited to have as a convicted felon. They also discovered legal documents and debit cards belonging to Nancy Rego, a woman from Charlotte, North Carolina, who had been missing since 2017.
The FBI became involved in Suttles' disappearance on Sept. 13, 2021.
Printz told investigators he was a handyman who had done work for Suttles in the past and "considered Suttles his friend."
On Oct. 9, 2021, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office officials conducted a search of a bee box on Printz’s property and found Suttles' car keys, purse, rope, zip ties, medicine, rubber gloves, and other personal items. They also reportedly found another empty yogurt container that matched the one he bought in August.
According to the criminal complaint, days later, on Oct. 13, Printz told investigators he wanted to "fully disclose his 'sins' and he knew he would spend the rest of his life in prison." He reportedly said he "could relay details concerning the deaths of five different individuals."
Printz reportedly told investigators he could take them "within 3 feet" of her body.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Printz led investigators to her body May 16, 2022, which he buried on another property in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Also during the investigation, he admitted to taking part in the disappearances or deaths of three other women.
U.S. Attorney Corey F. Ellis for the District of South Carolina said, "Printz is a monster who has a long history of targeting, kidnapping, and killing women — causing unimaginable loss to his victims and their families. He has earned every day of his life sentence, and our communities are safer with him in a prison cell."
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