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Autopsy: Fayetteville man beaten, strangled, set ablaze

Posted March 10

The body of William Ted Foster, 49, was found dumped and set on fire on June 23, 2015.
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— A Fayetteville man whose body was found in the ashes of a roadside fire last summer had been strangled and beaten to death before the fire was set, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

Firefighters found William Ted Foster, 49, on June 23 after extinguishing a fire behind a storage building in the 900 block of Tom Starling Road.

Foster's wrists had been bound with strips of fabric and an electrical cord, he had cuts and bruises on his head and had bruising on his neck consistent with strangulation, the autopsy result states.

Justin Quick, 20, of the 5400 block of Gilchrest Sands Drive in Hope Mills, and Misty Dawn Burns, 24, of the 500 block of Braxton Boulevard in Fayetteville, were arrested in Carolina Beach two days after the body was found and charged with Foster's death. The pair had been driving Foster's car and used his credit cards, authorities said.

Investigators said Burns had been living with Foster but didn't elaborate on their relationship.

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  • Janet Ghumri Mar 11, 2016
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    What a horrible way for this man to die. It sounds like the injuries from the beating would have been more than enough, the burning was nothing but sadistic. The responsible parties have a long time to contemplate what they've done, prior to the burning they will feel in the end.