Updated at 5:16 p.m.

The person of interest sought in relation to the double homicide of two brothers was taken into police custody on an unrelated charge.

Steven McCarty, 23, of Jacksonville was arrested by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday on a probation violation, according to OCSO Maj. Chris Thomas.

McCarty is currently in the Onslow County Jail under no bond, Thomas said.

Thomas said McCarty has not been charged in connection to the deaths of two Jacksonville brothers, Deandre, 19 and Tyler Gilbert, 16. The two were found dead on Wednesday on an unnamed Maple Hill dirt road. The burnt shell of the car they had been in when they went missing over the previous weekend was also found.

The local medical examiner’s office and the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the cause of death for the brothers has not been released yet, which Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller confirmed.

“At this point the manner of death and the cause of death are undetermined until we receive the autopsy report in hand,” Miller said. “The autopsy reports have not been released to us yet.”

No one has yet been charged for the homicides. McCarty was named as a person of interest by the sheriff’s office on Thursday.

“With a criminal investigation, updates are continuous,” Miller said. “We have to be very careful because a lot of time, we’re pointing in one direction and something changes.”

The new mug shot sent out with McCarty’s arrest shows a discoloration and/or scarring on the right side of his face that was not present in the photo the sheriff’s office shared on Thursday when they named McCarty as a person of interest. When asked about McCarty’s change in appearance, Miller said “it’s really premature” to address it right now, adding that it was a “complex thing” that needed to be investigated.

Miller said there was no additional information to release related to the investigation and again asked for the public’s patience while law enforcement works the case.

The Gilbert brothers were last seen alive on May 14. Tyler Gilbert was reported missing to the Jacksonville Police Department on May 15 and his brother was reported missing the following day by their mother, Christine DeBose, JPD Capt. Ashley Weaver previously told The Daily News.

Information about the Maple Hill location came to law enforcement’s attention soon after, Weaver previously said, adding that the police department and the sheriff’s office are currently working together on the case.


The person of interest in relation to the double homicide of two brothers is in police custody.

Steven McCarty was arrested Saturday on a probation violation, according to Maj. Chris Thomas with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

McCarty is currently in jail under no bond, Thomas said.

Thomas said McCarty has not been charged in relation to the deaths of Deandre, 19 and Tyler Gilbert, 16, two Jacksonville brothers whose bodies were found in Maple Hill Wednesday.