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Couple's bodies found during Four Oaks house fire

Posted January 21, 2010

— The Johnston County Sheriff's Office opened a double homicide investigation after a house fire near Four Oaks Thursday morning led to the discovery of a couple's bodies.

The deceased were identified as L.C. Beasley, 66, and Sue Ann Beasley, who is also in her 60s, said Tammy Amaon, a spokeswoman for the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

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The body of Sue Ann Beasley was found inside the burning house at 125 Hollow Oak Drive, off Hummingbird Road, and the body of her husband was found inside a nearby shed, Amaon said. The fire was reported shortly before 10 a.m.

Family members said that relatives found Sue Ann Beasley's body in the brick house, about 60 yards off the road. She was tied up, and a nearby couch was on fire, family members said.

"I can't imagine. She never harmed nobody," Faye Lee, L.C. Beasley's sister said.

The cause of the couple's deaths hasn't been released, but Sheriff Steve Bizzell called them suspicious.

State troopers found the Beasley's Chevrolet pickup truck wrecked on Raleigh Road, not far from their house, Wednesday night, authorities said. It is unclear if the truck was stolen or if the wreck is linked to the homicides.

Families and friends who gathered on the Beasley's property Thursday said they were shocked at the couple's death.

"We had plans for Friday. We made Christmas candy together. We won't be able to do that again next year," niece Stephanie Guin said. "Why? Because someone has taken something so precious to me and my two children."

"This is the most cruel thing I can imagine (that) anyone has ever done," Guin added. "Somebody is out there that did this, that knows. You need to come forward.'


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  • wildcat Jan 22, 2010

    What happened to this country?


  • sunshineonmyshoulder Jan 22, 2010

    Donnajojohn is my first cousin and I've lived in the community my entire life and still do. As a matter of fact I live less than 1/2 a mile from the Beasley's home and have known them my entire life. Donna's right...unfortunately there have been many lives ruined by the influence of drugs in our community, and now it has escalated to a double homicide. My heart breaks for the family as I know them all well. The fact is that all of you have good points here. It is prevelant in all our neighborhoods these days, our laws aren't tough enough and we do need to watch out for our neighbors, friends and family living right next door. I will miss waving at Mr. LC on my way home from work in the summer and I'll miss chatting with Ms. Sue at our local grocery store or church function. They will be missed so much and remembered fondly.

  • mad_dash Jan 22, 2010

    6079 SMITH W.. amen!

  • oleguy Jan 22, 2010

    Its time we take our country and community back. We need to be neighbors again, I'm not saying we need to meet in fields at night like our fathers and grandfathers but we need to get together and start protecting ourselves and our property. This liberal government that we yes we sat by and allowed to take over, is not going to protect us.A lot of you out there got swept up in this last CHANGE, well it did Change, for the worse.We have not seen the bottom yet. I could go on and on, but this is not the place. Watch the roads in your neighbor hoods, make notes of the cars that you do not know.Be aware of your surroundings. Load your GUNS.

  • 6079 SMITH W Jan 22, 2010

    Well, part of what has "happened to our country" is that we don't discipline our children anymore...it is considered to be child abuse by all the experts. The result is they now reach adulthood with their high self-esteem intact.....with no remorse for their actions. Say what you will, but this problem didn't exist 30 years ago. Now everytime you read a newspaper, turn on your TV or computer, you hear about one of these little monsters who have done just as they please, with no regard for right or wrong or human life. If the new crop coming up is any indication, we ain't seen nothing yet.

  • rargos Jan 22, 2010

    What's scary is there now seems to be a trend of criminals setting fires to homes to cover their tracks. Some crackhead who steals your $500 TV will then destroy your home and all your possessions to keep from getting caught.

    What happened to this country?

  • Weetie Jan 22, 2010

    ebritt4: Just curious: Who was your great grandfather? I know the story behind Juniper Church very well myself - I live VERY near.

    And I don't know DonnaJoJohn but she's telling the truth. Parkertown is not heaven...

  • donnajojohn Jan 22, 2010

    To the person who thinks I "insulted" people in Parkertown: PLEASE READ my comments again. I said NOTHING about people who live there. If you read it, you'd know that I grew up in Parkertown. I said that drug dealers go to the "Parkertown" area and ruin it. It's no big secret. I think I would know what goes on around there considering Ive lived there all my life. There certainly are some great people who live there. That's why I stated that I don't appreciate the crooked people who go and hang out around there.

  • ccacrabbitdog Jan 22, 2010

    lets c how this investigation turns out...i think people will b surprised n the end....something tells me they were not the angels some on here r making them out to b....stuff like this is generally not random.......just saying....

  • Granny Jan 22, 2010

    I know that there are some sick people out there....but they're all not sick...some people are just MEAN!!! And we need to stop trying to fix everyone because they are sick...we need tougher laws and some people to suffer for the crimes that they do...and stop babying everyone.