RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – New details of a Rutherford County man confessing to killing multiple people have been released as he is currently in jail.
Daniel Printz’s charges relate to the disappearance of a South Carolina woman last year.
On August 27, 2021, law enforcement said they were notified of the disappearance of Edna Suttles from South Carolina. Greenville County deputies attempted to locate Suttles through interviews with family and friends.
No chance would have come from these talks. This launched an investigation into Suttles’ whereabouts. To this day, she still has not been located.
On September 3, 2021, law enforcement found his 2014 jeep parked at a Best Western hotel in Travelers Rest. Officials then reviewed surveillance footage of several surrounding businesses.
Distribution of CCTV
In a CCTV blackout from the day Suttles disappeared, investigators discovered that early that morning a man, identified as Printz, had parked his Chevy Cruze next to Suttles’ Jeep in a parking lot in Food Lion.
When Printz exited the Food Lion, he drove past his Jeep, grabbed a bag from his car, and jumped into the front passenger seat of his Jeep.
The two left, eventually returning to the parking lot.
When they returned, Printz was driving. He got out and got into his Chevy and parked it next to Suttles’ Jeep. He then helped her into her car.
Printz left her in his car, drove his Jeep to the Best Western parking lot, and wiped down the Jeep before driving away.
He returned to his vehicle and drove off with a seemingly motionless Suttles.
Printz was identified while shopping for yogurt at Food Lion when he scanned his frequent customer card. GCSO obtained an arrest warrant for Grand Larceny based on CCTV.
He was arrested on September 9, 2021 at his home. Upon execution of the arrest warrant, an NC State search was executed. Multiple guns led to Printz being charged with multiple state gun violations.
Search warrant links Printz to Charlotte Missing Woman
Investigators also found a driver’s license and NC passport belonging to Nancy Rego, of Charlotte.
After further investigation into Rego’s story, officials found that she had been missing since 2017.
Investigators contacted Rego’s family members who informed that she was in a relationship with Printz prior to her disappearance. These family members said they communicated via text and email with someone claiming to be Rego.
The individual refused to meet or speak with members of his family.
Further search warrants were eventually completed and Printz’s wife was questioned at the time of the arrest.
To learn more about maintenance and additional search warrants, you can read the federal search warrant document here:
Printz admits to killing multiple people
Most notably, on October 9, 2021, a person helping Printz’s wife remove various domestic fowl kept on the property found a bee box about 75 yards away. The individual opened the box and found Suttle’s purse with a string, zip ties and medication.
Because of this, investigators obtained a third state search warrant for the property.
Investigators also discovered an empty yogurt container in the bee box. The container was tested at the SLED Forensic Services Laboratory. Laboratory tests found traces of cyclobenzaprine, tramadol and lorazepam.
Three interviews were conducted with Printz following the arrest. During the first two, September 9 and September 16, he was read his Miranda rights. In his first two interviews, he admitted to traveling with Suttles but claimed he never harmed her.
On October 13, the third interview took place. Investigators confronted Printz with the new evidence of Suttles’ disappearance. Printz eventually said he wanted to fully disclose his “sins”, acknowledging that he would likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
He said he wanted to “purge himself” of details that law enforcement didn’t even know about.
He claimed to have “hypothetically” helped a close friend euthanize a family member. He said “it is one body”.
The friend was then remorseful and was going to “say” – Printz described the friend as the “second body”. He went on to tell investigators that another friend he was trying to help was also killed.
Printz said he did not report the death, but disposed of the body so he could continue collecting Social Security benefits.
Additionally, he described an incident where someone tried to steal it, but the theft “didn’t work out well for [the robber].” He said that after the attempted robbery he drove to a rural area and got rid of the body.
Asked about Suttles’ disappearance, Printz declined to give details without an attorney.
He said he could take law enforcement to Suttles’ location “within a yard”.