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Sampson Authorities Investigate Burned Bodies Found At Vacant Lot

Posted November 18, 2003

— Authorities need the public's help in identifying three bodies that were partially burned in a lot in Sampson County.

Investigators say the partially burned bodies of a white female, a white male and a black male were found in a vacant lot Sunday on North McCullen Road in the Keener community.

The owner of the lot says he was driving by the area when he noticed a burned piece of land. When he examined the burned land, he discovered a body. Authorities later found the other two bodies.

Authorities do not know if the victims were burned before or after their deaths. The Sampson County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are attempting to identify the victims.

The white female was small-framed and has a partial tattoo on her right upper arm beginning with the letters, "Ca." The white male has a mole on his left cheek and has a thin mustache. The black male is believed to have a 5-inch scar or mark on his lower left back. Authorities say all three victims appear to be younger than 30.

The causes of death are undetermined pending an autopsy by the Medical Examiner's Office. Officials say those results may come as early as Tuesday.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Sampson County Sheriff's Office at

(910) 592-4141

or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at

(910) 486-1262



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