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Father charged in death of 6-year-old girl along Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted September 10, 2016


— A 36-year-old man was being held in the Buncombe County jail Saturday night after being charged in the death of his 6-year-old daughter.

Seth Willis Pickering is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lila Pickering, who was killed Friday along the Blue Ridge Parkway near mile marker 393, authorities said.

The FBI, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office and National Park Service is conducting an investigation of the incident. They have not released additional details about how Lila died.

A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway was shut down late Friday and reopened early Saturday after authorities processed the crime scene.


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