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Beaufort County teacher dies after animal attack

Posted February 17, 2019 7:47 a.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2019 1:08 p.m. EST

Brenda Hamilton

— The 77-year-old English teacher attacked by an animal on Friday in Beaufort County has died of her injuries, according to an announcement from the school.

Brenda Hamilton, 77, of Pantego, was attacked on Indian Run Road around 5:47 a.m., WITN reported.

Hamilton suffered severe injuries and was hospitalized over the weekend.

Pungo Christian Academy, where Hamilton taught, posted to Facebook Monday "Mrs. Hamilton has gained her wings."

What type of animal attacked Hamilton has yet to be determined.

According to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, sheriff's investigators and biologists from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission tested DNA from the attack and eliminated the possibility that Hamilton was attacked by "any wild animals indigenous to the area."

The sheriff's office is investigating domestic dogs in the area as a possible link to the attack.