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Fayetteville Authorities Investigating Fire, Murder

Posted May 26, 2003 6:40 a.m. EDT

— A preliminary autopsy report shows a Cumberland County woman found dead inside a mobile home Sunday died of smoke inhalation.

About 5 a.m. Sunday, firefighters found the mobile home on Crystal Springs Drive engulfed in flames. After putting out the fire, they found a woman's body inside.

Detectives identified the body as Veronica Baldwin Ward, 39, of 3105 Lady Cheryl Dr. A final autopsy report is expected from Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.

Deputies questioned a man seen leaving the area after the fire started. They also want to question the homeowner, 64-year-old

Billy Caulder