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Body found in burned ruins of Vance County house

Posted September 11, 2008
Updated September 12, 2008

— Investigators found a body Thursday inside the ruins of a Vance County house that burned to the ground, and they speculated that it was the missing woman who lived there with her children.

The fire started at about 11:30 a.m. at 2567 Allison Cooper Road, near Henderson.

"It (the fire) was well under way, and it didn't appear there was much saving to it,” Sheriff Peter White said of the house.

Geneva Parham, 34, lived there with her three children, investigators said.

Tracking dogs and firefighters searched for Parham in the afternoon but found no trail of her in the brush nearby. The children were at school, investigators said.

Parham was still missing Thursday evening, and investigators said the the body discovered after the fire could be hers. It was found in the front, right portion of the home.

The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill for identification.

Geneva Parham and her estranged husband, Robert Parham, 36, got into a fight before the fire started, investigators said. Sheriff's deputies were questioning Robert Parham about the fight and fire.

"They had a physical altercation, and we think that Mr. Parham may have some type of wound on his arm or something like that," White said. He did not elaborate on Parham's injuries.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation and arson detectives were called to look into the fire.

The wood-frame house dated to the 1800s. Only two chimneys are still standing. The walls and the roof of the two-story home are gone.


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  • sayitoutloud Sep 12, 2008

    When are these husbands, boyfriends and babys daddy going to stop killing these women? Im not saying...Im just saying. I dont think its a coincedence that the house was set on fire after they had an altercation.

  • Scubagirl Sep 12, 2008

    another one...just don't understand why divorce isn't in the mix instead of murder.....
    Which I do believe this will turn out to be

  • oldschooltarheel Sep 11, 2008

    backwoodswizdom - wow! what a demonstration of intellectual poverty! You should consider becoming the Obama poster child!
    Are you bitterly clinging to ... who did you say you were again?
    Might be worth your local constabulary having a gander at you what with your first comment being so vitriolic.

  • prayin4tr Sep 11, 2008

    oh no not again. prayers go out to the family.

  • 1 Sep 11, 2008

    maybe henderson plauged with crime, but middleburg. i suspose not. and it sounds like to me your afraid of your past. look around and the jobs are there, yea there might not be a mcdonalds for you to flip burgers at. and the schools are decent also. i know several doctors,lawyers,and CEO's. that are graduates of this area.

  • ImFindingMyself Sep 11, 2008

    wow, what hatred backwoods... could you give me 2, even 1 good reason to not want to leave that area?? the schools are horrible, the crime rate is rediculously high, there are no jobs, so why would one want to stay there? i know exactly how life is because it is tragedy that brought me away from henderson..

  • teacher-mom Sep 11, 2008

    My sympathy to the family and loved ones. I hope someone will look after her children.

  • brighteyesss12 Sep 11, 2008

    This is strangely similar to the Morris case...

  • 1 Sep 11, 2008

    "would not surprise me in that area" hope you do keep away from here. what a tragety. hope this happens next door to you. then you can relaize how life is.

  • ImFindingMyself Sep 11, 2008

    Would not surprise me at all in that area... And yes, I was born there and lived there until i was a teenager.. I visit as little as i can possibly get away with..