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Wife Of Deployed Fort Bragg Soldier Beaten, Stabbed By Intruder

Posted March 13, 2002 1:15 a.m. EST

— A military spouse, whose husband is deployed in the War on Terrorism, was murdered by an intruder in her home early Thursday morning.

Cumberland County investigators said Angela Mosden, 40, was stabbed and possibly beaten with a baseball bat in her home on Blackbird Road. The home is located in the Beaver Run subdivision off Cliffdale Road.

Deputies said someone broke into the back of the home around 4 a.m. They said the intruder went through a back gate, broke out a glass door and entered the home, setting off the family's home security alarm.

Two of the woman's daughters, ages 12 and 15, heard screams and saw their mother being stabbed. Deputies said the 12-year-old tried to pull the intruder off her mother.

When she was unable to do so, both girls escaped unharmed through a front window. They ran to a nearby home to call for help.

The neighbor called 911, and authorities were on the scene in seven minutes. When they arrived, they found Modsen dead in the front hallway.

Neighbors said that two weeks ago, Mosden saw someone suspicious around her home early in the morning. Since then, they said she was careful about her family's security.

"She did indicate that someone cut her cable line, and I told her to contact the Sheriff's Office and that's what she did," a neighbor said.

As a result, the family reactivated its home security system.

"They stopped using the garage as an entryway, and they were using the front door more. She kept the front light on all of the time and kept a light on in the house all of the time," neighbor Bill Melen said.

Investigators have interviewed Mosden's children, including an 18-year-old daughter who recently moved out of the home. They are not ruling out the possibility that the attacker was someone the family knew.

The two girls that lived at home are currently in the care of a family support group at Fort Bragg.

The girls have spoken to their father, Special Forces Sergeant Major Richard Mosden, who was deployed in Afghanistan. Officials said he is now on his way home.

Investigators described the suspect as a white male, who is 6' tall with blond, collar-length hair that is parted in the middle. He was wearing a blue-green shirt that was unbuttoned with a white tanktop underneath. He also had on dark pants and brown boots.

Investigators are talking to a few people, but have not identified a suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 677-5490.