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Sampson authorities investigate possible link between burglary, dead body

Posted December 30, 2014

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— Sampson County authorities said Tuesday that they are investigating whether the body of a man found in ditch near Salemburg Tuesday afternoon and a nearby residential burglary earlier in the day are connected.

Deputies responding to a 911 call found the body of Joseph Fitzgerald Williams, 49, in a ditch in the 200 block of Lakewood School Road shortly before 3 p.m.

The cause of death hasn't been determined.

Investigators are looking into whether Williams is connected to a burglary that occurred at about 1 a.m. Tuesday at 186 Lakewood School Road. The homeowners told authorities that they were awakened by a loud crash to find an intruder in their living room, and one person in the home fired a gun at the intruder, who fled on foot.

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