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Body Found In Alamance County Identified As Pregnant Burlington Woman

Posted April 22, 2003

— The Alamance County Sheriff's Office has identified the remains of a body found near a creek Monday afternoon.

Officials said the victim is April Greer, a pregnant 20-year-old from Burlington. Greer, who was in the eighth month of her pregnancy, was last seen at the end of February, but was not reported missing until March 8. She worked at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Burlington, according to investigators.

The decomposed and dismembered body was found found by a farmer near a creek off Highway 70 around 1 p.m. Monday. Investigators said the body had been there as long as five weeks.

"Yeah, I didn't expect to find a body today," farmer Jack Willis said.

Willis discovered the body while working his land. He found a trash can and bags on his property. He said part of the can's lid was sealed with duct tape. He noticed a limb sticking out of a trash bag.

"I came down here to clean it up and I saw a big bone," he said. "I called the Sheriff's Office and he and I looked at it. He said 'Oh boy, this is murder here.'"

The field where the remains were found often floods because of a nearby creek. Investigators said it is one theory on how the body wound up on Willis' land.

The remains were taken to the state Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. Officials said Greer's class ring from Southern Alamance High School was used to help identify her.

Alamance County officers and Durham police investigators met Tuesday morning to discuss the possibility that the body may have been that of Janine Sutphen, a missing Durham woman.

Sutphen was last seen Jan. 21 leaving for practice with the Durham Symphony. Her empty car was found in a downtown parking deck.

Sutphen, and two missing person cases in Orange County, were ruled out.

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