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Sheriff: Heat may have killed Lumberton couple

Posted August 11, 2011

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— Two people found dead inside a Robeson County home Wednesday died of natural causes, authorities said Thursday.

A nurse went into 133 Rozier Church Road near Lumberton at about 10:30 a.m. to check on a patient and found Archie Jones Jr., 63, and Linda K. Andrews, 55, dead, Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said.

Preliminary autopsies ruled out foul play and suicide, Sealey said, but the exact cause of death still hasn't been determined.

The medical examiner said the couple might have gotten too hot inside the home and died of heat exhaustion, the sheriff said.

The house had window air-conditioning units, he said, but it's unknown if they worked properly.

No one else lived at the home, and no one had heard from the couple since Monday, Sealey said.

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  • Oct Aug 12, 2011

    I have noticed that the consistent thing that is lacking in those that claim to be Republicans is compassion. If you proclaim to be a Christian, compassion should be one of the most profound feelings that you have. Always remeber WWJD and live that way. I am so sorry for this family and I really would like everyone to really take a look at the way things are going now, gas prices, food prices ect. and realize that at any time this could really happen to any one of us.

  • braddavis Aug 12, 2011

    RB, some are poor? That is a gross understatement!! If more people realized just how much many people suffer because they don't even have basic necessities they would understand why some are so upset at the Republicans protecting the wealth of their pledge-holders, et al.

    So I've done well for myself and should buy you a window unit because you have failed to plan, therefore planning to fail? I'm sad this happened, but you make minimal sense.

  • Arapaloosa Aug 12, 2011

    "Situations such as this will continue to happen as long as the poorest are paying higher taxes than the wealthy."

    How do you figure that? Even if I pick up a few hours overtime, my taxes go up exponentially!

  • Scubagirl Aug 12, 2011

    How sad. Condolences to those who loved them.

  • lee0908 Aug 12, 2011

    "Situations such as this will continue to happen as long as the poorest are paying higher taxes than the wealthy....

    Yet people continue to defend super low taxes on the wealthy and support the burden of taxes being on the poor." -lalaloo

    What in the world are you talking about? Many "poor" folks get back anything they pay in and then some in the name of government benefits. You are grossly misguided if you think the poor carry the tax burden in this country.

    That aside, I'm sorry for the family of this couple and I hope that this story will help others prevent similar incidents in the future.

  • lalaloo Aug 12, 2011

    Situations such as this will continue to happen as long as the poorest are paying higher taxes than the wealthy. Poor people have to make a choice between basic human needs such as medicine, food and cooling and heating. Yet people continue to defend super low taxes on the wealthy and support the burden of taxes being on the poor. Boggles the mind. Prayers to the families of these people.

  • Luv2Camp Aug 12, 2011

    Well said BubbaDuke!!!

  • Bartmeister Aug 12, 2011

    they would understand why some are so upset at the Republicans protecting the wealth of their pledge-holders, et al. = twc

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    Republicans huh? Well BubbaDuke beat me to it, so ............ ditto. Oh, don't hate the rich cause they are rich. I'm not but why hate on success? If I could, I'd build protection to protect my wealth, et al..............

  • BabaStink Aug 12, 2011

    @ BubbaDuke - Chapel Hill has a men's and a women's homeless shelter. Check it out - http://www.ifcweb.org/services.html.

    And are you sure that Cary is a "liberal" community? I'd be willing to guess otherwise.

    But all of that is beside the point. This story truly is sad. My sympathies go out to the family and friends of this couple.

  • sunshine1040 Aug 12, 2011

    buy food and meds or turn on the AC sometime can be a tough decision either doing without either can be deadly. But they grew up without air and wanted to save money for a meal

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