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Car with body in trunk belongs to missing woman

Posted December 8, 2006 10:37 a.m. EST
Updated September 17, 2008 8:08 p.m. EDT

— An abandoned car that contained a decomposed body in the trunk is registered to a Franklin County woman who has been missing for a month, authorities said Friday.

Two men searching for scrap iron found the 1998 Toyota Camry Thursday afternoon on a wooded path next to U.S. Highway 1 south of Franklinton, authorities said. The remains of a woman were found inside the car's trunk.

The Camry is registered to Narskelsky Angelean Pastuer, 52, of Zebulon, authorities said. She has been missing since Nov. 8.

Authorities interviewed Pasteur's former husband Friday morning and said he was a "person of interest" in the death investigation.

Before her disappearance, Pasteur took out a domestic-violence protection order against her ex-husband, authorities said.

Authorities are waiting on autopsy results from the State Medical Examiner's Office to identify the body, but a preliminary report determined that the woman died from multiple wounds. Authorities declined to disclose the nature of the wounds.