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Autopsy: Woman found by road was bound, strangled

Posted August 13, 2010

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— A woman whose body was found in June along a Durham County highway had been bound and strangled, according to an autopsy report released Friday.

A group of state inmates was cleaning up roadside litter along Old Oxford Road about a mile north of Snow Hill Road on June 30 when they spotted a large plastic bag and found human remains inside, authorities said.

Authorities used dental records to identify the body as that of Wanda Rose Spence, 43, of Elmo Street. She had been missing for more than a week when her body was found.

Spence suffered several blows and cuts to her face and head, which resulted in skull fractures, according to the autopsy report. She also suffered injuries to her neck consistent with strangulation, the report states.

Her ankles were bound with an electrical cord, and the cord went up through her denim shorts and bra strap and was attached to the back of her shirt, the autopsy report states.


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  • ghimmy51 Aug 17, 2010

    Too much detail. I think autopsy reports should be sealed until trial. Details given here should only be known by the killer and authorities.

  • wildcat Aug 13, 2010

    Ladies be extremely careful in the man you choose to be a partof your life. Think! Will this man ever take my life.

  • wildcat Aug 13, 2010

    The life one lives is many times how they will die. Praying that evience will be found that will bring the murderer out.

  • tjhiggs68 Aug 13, 2010

    this is horrible but it would be great to know a bit more, just in case there is some type of potential danger to people in the area. Drug related? Street walker? What was this womans background? Law abiding hard working citizen? Not enough details and very skimpy reporting. Hopefully there is no immediate threat to the public or a pattern unbeknownst to all.

  • Lickad Aug 13, 2010

    I wonder what she did to get killed?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 13, 2010

    "Find the boyfriends and you will find her killer."

    The article didn't say anything about boyfriends. Why not look for the girlfriends? What was her profession? A little more detail might explain it all.

  • wildcat Aug 13, 2010

    Find the boyfriends and you will find her killer. What a horrible way to go.

  • wildcat Aug 13, 2010

    Thanks WRAL for reporting the true story that it is - electrical cord and all.

  • Carolinablueview Aug 13, 2010

    I think the details concerning the electrical cord were inappropriate. Please edit stories a little more.

  • monkeyboy Aug 13, 2010

    "Autopsy: Woman found by road bound, strangled"

    seriously wral, does anyone proofread these things or do you just slap them up willy-nilly? the headline reads that the autopsy showed she was found by the road bound. you really can't do better than that? great googly moogly...