NC Wanted: Mystery surrounds death of Halifax County teenager
Posted August 29, 2015
Halifax County, N.C. — A 19-year-old pregnant teen was found dead in her Halifax County home 32 years ago.
Susan Clary, of Weldon, was eight months pregnant when her father found her body on May 6, 1983.
Clary and the baby she was carrying both died.
“He went up there; of course the back door was open,” said Clary’s mother, Maurice Shearin. “He went up there and he found her laying on the bed, stark naked, with a bra wrapped around her neck.
“When I got there, they were bringing her out of the house and her hand fell out from under the cover,” Shearin said. “I realized then that she was gone.”
Investigators said Clary died of asphyxiation, yet the bra around her neck wasn't used to kill her.
Two guns were found in the room—one next to the body, yet neither had been fired. Officials said fingerprints were not found on either of the guns.
“If somebody spontaneously left those in those awkward positions, you would think that they wouldn’t have wiped them clean,” said Major Bruce Temple of Halifax police. They would have just taken them typically.”
Clary's husband said he left the home early that morning to see his father, while his wife was still asleep.
Investigators have eliminated many suspects in the last three decades, though some are still on their radar.
“We hope that after all these years, that this case will touch the heart of somebody,” Temple said. “And they’re going to be inclined to tell us something.”
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