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Person County Family Questions Loved One's Apparent Suicide

Posted September 3, 2003

— Investigators found 58-year-old Geneva Green shot to death inside her van. She was on a remote road off Highway 501 north of Roxboro. Deputies say it is a suicide, but family members say the evidence does not add up.

Person County authorities determined Green shot herself with a semi-automatic pistol. Deputies found the gun in her right hand, but Green's family was told that the exit wound was on Green's right temple. Family members also questioned why two shell casings were found -- one in the minivan and one outside near the rear right tire.

"She would not have done this to herself," said Thelma Thornton, Green's sister.

Family members said Green had a good job and did not have any problems with money or drugs. They believe she would be the last person who would want to kill herself.

"We just feel like we won't have peace until someone can give us, at least, a plausible answer as to why this has happened," said Carol Jackson, Green's niece.

Green's family members said District Attorney Joe Brewer has some of the same questions as they do. Brewer did not return phone calls from WRAL, but the family said he wants a more detailed autopsy in the case. WRAL was unable to contact Herman Green, Geneva's husband, who is a retired Person County sheriff deputy.

The Person County Sheriff's Office would not comment on the case.

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