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Deputies find Benson woman dead

Posted October 8, 2008

— Johnston County authorities are trying to figure out who killed a "church- and family-oriented" woman in Benson.

Deputies found Annie Bynum, 68, dead in her house in the 5800 block of Meadowbrook Road Wednesday morning after she failed to show up for work.

Authorities have not said how she died.

Bynum's employer, Day by Day Treatment Center in Selma, called her sister when Bynum did not come to work.

"Miss Annie," as she was known at the 24-hour substance abuse facility, worked as a third-shift technician. She helped residents go to bed at night and then helped them get up in the morning.

Bynum also responded to any problems overnight, according to Ellen Blackman, Day by Day's executive director. Bynum had worked at the center full-time for the past four years.

Grief counselors were on-hand Wednesday to talk with the staff, Blackman said.

Bynum was scheduled to work the overnight shift, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and it was unlike her to not show up, family members said.

On Wednesday morning, her sister called the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators came to Bynum's house and found the side door open. Detectives determined that someone had forced his or her way into the house. Deputies then went inside and found her body.

Authorities did not allow family member inside the house because it was a scene "they would not want to see," officials said.

Bynum lived in the house for more than a decade, family members said. She lived alone until recently, when her adult son, Tony, moved in with her. Tony told deputies he was out all night and was not at the house, officials said.

Bynum’s niece, Carolyn Harding, described her aunt as a "church- and family-oriented" woman. She said she can't understand why anyone would want to hurt her aunt.

“Everybody’s just taken by surprise and very upset about this whole thing,” Harding said

Bynum is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, five sisters and two brothers, Harding said. Many of the family members stood outside the house Wednesday while detectives investigated.


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  • therose2005 Oct 8, 2008

    Here we go again another evil person the taxpayers will have to keep up! I bet this was a super sweet lady and tough as nails. May God bless her family and friends through this terrible senseless act.

  • floseh Oct 8, 2008

    When they catch the one who did this, they need to punish them and make it stick. No time off for good behavior etc. If they get 10 yrs,make them serve 10 yrs. Could maybe be a deterrent to crime.

    The Floseh.

  • mocena Oct 8, 2008

    "69 years young,and now some low life comes along and takes the Matriarch away!I am outraged! I guess when it comes time for sentencing he will make a plea of "retardation",or some other nonsense.Excuse me,he wil not even wait to sentencing,he is plotting now how to get out of killing one of our elderly.This P----s me off to no end!"
    It constantly amazes me how much conjecture happens on this board with such little information. You have NO IDEA what happened to this woman, do you? Why are you shooting off at the mouth?

  • bomanicous Oct 8, 2008

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this poor woman's soul, this is sickening!!! I hope the family can get justice and closure quickly.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 8, 2008

    Keep your eyes on the particular son who was driving her car.

  • agricon3 Oct 8, 2008

    I hope they catch the coward. As far as the good old days, murder was the second big story of the bible. Drugs and gangs have become a big problem in this part of JC and hand slaps are what get passed out as punishment. We need Blake Wallace from Duplin Co.

  • benjaminbynum Oct 8, 2008

    My prayers goes out to the family. My you find strength in GOD to make it through this most difficult time.

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Oct 8, 2008

    Sad story. Praying for the fam.

  • sunflowerbubbles Oct 8, 2008

    son did it.. she was fine until he showed up...

  • vote4changeASAP Oct 8, 2008

    I agree about the graveyard shift. To learn that a 69 year old woman was working those hours, even if by choice, makes me sad.