CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A Lee County woman whose remains were found last month after she had been missing since January was killed by a blow to the head, authorities said.
Jule Michelle Bullard, 23, died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to an autopsy report that ruled her death was a homicide. No evidence of injuries other than a blow to the left side of her head was found, according to the report.
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Bullard went missing Jan. 2, when an armed, masked man broke into the home where she was watching television with three friends in Broadway, authorities said. The intruder bound the friends with tape and left each in a separate room, then stole cash and small valuables. When they freed themselves, Bullard and the intruder were gone.
Hundreds of volunteers helped state and local law enforcement agencies search for Bullard in three counties. Her wallet and purse were found a few weeks later on a roadside in southeastern Cumberland County.
In October, a hunter found her remains in an old cemetery near the Cedar Creek community in Fayetteville, about five miles from where Bullard's belongings had been recovered.
Authorities have no suspects in the case.
Earlier this year, they did identify David Earl Wilson, 49, as a person of interest. Authorities said he loosely fit the description of the home-invasion assailant.
Nineteen hours after Bullard's disappearance, Wilson committed suicide along a Harnett County road when sheriff's deputies tried to pull over his pickup during a traffic stop. Investigators said the two incidents occurred within six miles of each other.