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Woman Rescued From Sinking Car; Boyfriend Charged With Attempted Murder

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PEMBROKE, N.C. — A Pembroke woman was recovering Monday after being rescued from a sinking car.

Investigators said Rebecca Deater was trapped in the trunk of her own car when a passing driver heard her screaming and called police.

Deputies said Deater's boyfriend, Jethro Thomas, hit her on the head, then put her in the car and rolled it into a nearby swamp.

Thomas made his first court appearance Monday for attempted murder.

Deater remained in serious condition Monday.

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