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Authorities Seek Answers In Three Separate Deaths

Posted August 24, 2006

— Three men died in a three-day period in Moore County. Investigators are now trying to determine if the deaths were coincidental or connected.

The first man found dead was 23-year-old Matthew Peterson, who died in his home in Southern Pines on Sunday. Two days later, Nathan Davis, 30, died at his grandmother's house in Pinehurst. According to authorities, Peterson and Davis knew each other.

On Wednesday, 31-year-old Scott Robinson died at his home in Carthage. Investigators working each case said the similarities of age and place in each case caught their attention.

Carthage police said that they believe Robinson overdosed on drugs and they found methadone tablets inside his trailer. Southern Pines police said they don't yet know how Peterson died, and Pinehurst investigators said they are unsure how Davis died. Investigators, however, seemed confident Thursday that Davis' death wasn't the result of foul play.

Investigators said they aren't ruling out a link between the three men, but said they need more information. All three police departments are waiting for autopsy results and said they hope that those will reveal whether the cases are related. In the meantime, officials said they want to avoid jumping to conclusions.

Investigators in each town are working on the cases themselves for now. They could later seek help from the State Bureau of Investigation or from Moore County detectives.

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