Around 6 a.m. Friday, a neighbor spotted 15-year-old Cristin Carter dead on the front lawn of a mobile home in the Arbor Hill Park off Highway 70 near Interstate 85.
That neighbor told WRAL he heard arguing and a few minutes later, he looked out the window and saw Carter sprawled on the ground near the front steps.
Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office spent Friday collecting evidence and questioning witnesses at Carter's home. They are releasing few details about her death. At this point, authorities are not saying if she died of natural causes or foul play.
Carter was a freshman at Orange High School. Orange County Schools spokeswoman Anne D'annunzio said dozens of students sought counseling after hearing about their classmate's death.
"[She was] a very friendly girl, on the basketball team, had lots of friends and they're suffering right now," she said.
Neighbors said Carter had just gotten out of the hospital after a bout with pneumonia. Investigators did say that Carter's body did not have any visible signs of trauma. An autopsy is being performed at the medical examiner's office.
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