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Chatham County investigators compare body to description of missing woman

Posted October 12, 2012

— While they have not been able to positively identify a body found Wednesday morning near Pittsboro, investigators with the Chatham County Sheriff's Office noted similarities between the body and a woman reported missing from Siler City.

Daphne Forster, 38, was white with long, dark hair and multiple tattoos. The body found along Chicken Bridge Road in northern Chatham County shares those features, according to the sheriff's office.

Forster's family last saw her Tuesday night in Pittsboro. She was driving a blue 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier with North Carolina license plate number WVY6036. 

Investigators emphasized that they have not been able to conclusively link Forster and the body, and they asked the public for help in finding her or the car.

An autopsy failed to determine the exact cause of death for the woman found along Chicken Bridge Road, but investigators are treating it as a homicide. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Forster, her car or the body is asked to call Detective Will Summers of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office at 919 542-2911.


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  • eagle11 Oct 16, 2012

    her body was burned beyond recognition with her hands cut off. that is why the body can't be identified.

  • jr Oct 12, 2012

    I heard the body was badly burnt. That might explain the ID problem.

  • storchheim Oct 12, 2012

    How badly could it have decomposed in these temperatures? (honest question) Makes me think something was done to make it hard to identify. Are they still saying there's no danger to anyone else?

  • trhendersonnc Oct 12, 2012

    sarahsoandso, my guess is that the body is not easily identifiable. If it were, then yes, they would already know definitively.

  • buford Oct 12, 2012

    sarahsoandso - it sounds as if the body might not be recognizable enough to be identified...perhaps decomposed? The article is not very clear...but if the family has not seen her since last Tuesday...it doesn't sound like the outcome is going to be good...

  • sarahsoandso Oct 12, 2012

    If they have not been able to identify the body as Ms. Forster, why does the second sentence of this article say "Daphne Forster, 38, WAS" instead of "Daphne Forster, 38, IS". Also, if the family lives in Siler City why have they not been asked to identify the body? That sure would simplify things it seems.
    Lots of questions, nowhere near enough answers.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 12, 2012

    SAD STORY. My condolences to her family when ever they are told. This is a tragedy and I do hope they will find who took her life.