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Congregation prays for pastor questioned in wife’s death

Posted June 8, 2008 6:00 p.m. EDT
Updated June 9, 2008 9:54 a.m. EDT

— A Raleigh pastor was absent from services on Sunday after being questioned in the death of his estranged wife.

On Friday evening, Hoke County and Wake County sheriff’s deputies searched Pastor Sam Wynn’s home, at 4701 Holland Church Road in Raleigh. The home is owned by the Holland's United Methodist Church, where Wynn has been the pastor for three years.

“These people came on a very unusual Sunday,” Rev. Ned Hill said at the church Sunday.

Authorities said Rose Wynn, 53, was attacked Wednesday night at a home at 595 E. Lake Ridge Road in Raeford. The couple's 10-year-old son, Christopher, who had been staying at the home with her, found her unconscious Thursday morning.

Rose Wynn was transported to a hospital, where she was later taken off life support.

“Our pastor, our friend, has lost his wife and my role is to be his pastor and that is what I'm trying to be,” Hill said.

Hill, the superintendent for the Raleigh District of the United Methodist Church, said he had spoken to Wynn and read a statement Sunday to the congregation.

“All of us want to know what happened. We believe that knowing will be an important part of our moving forward through our grief,” Hill told the congregation.

Authorities said Wynn is cooperating with the investigation.

“This man who had cared for them and loved them and supported them in their times of loss is now on the other side of that. I think they wanted to come in many ways to express their love and care,” Hill said.

Funeral services for Rose Wynn will be held Tuesday at Holland's United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.