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Wilson Authorities Search For Clues After Woman Found In Burned Car

Posted December 30, 2003

— Investigators do not know what started a fire at a home in Wilson Sunday, but believe it started inside a car parked in a garage, killing the woman inside.

Investigators found the body of 75-year-old Kitty Mabry inside her burned-out car parked in her garage. A team of investigators searched her home for clues. They still don't know how the fire started and for now, they are still looking at all possibilities.

"We've not seen any signs of forced entry or anything that says there was a burglary or robbery or anything of that nature," said Sgt. D.H. Garris, of the Wilson Police Department.

Authorities have not ruled out the possibility that it may have been an accident, but they are not ruling out foul play either. They spent most of Monday interviewing neighbors.

Neighbor Val Willingham said he heard an explosion Sunday, grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran next door to help. He said the flames were too intense.

Neighbors said Mabry, who lived alone in the home, was very friendly, well-liked and often kept watch over the neighborhood.

"She was a nice lady. She was like the neighborhood watch," Willingham said. "She knew what was going on out here and any suspicious characters, things like that, she would let us know about it."

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident.

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