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Wayne deputies investigate suspicious death

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday was investigating the death of a man whose body was found in his Goldsboro home.

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. — The Wayne County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday was investigating the death of a man whose body was found in his Goldsboro home.

A friend who stopped by James Clifton Best's home on N.C. Highway 111 South on Tuesday morning found Best unconscious inside, authorities said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Investigators initially ruled that Best, 62, died of natural causes, but Rouse Funeral Home found a small wound similar to a gunshot wound on his body, authorities said.

The body has been sent to the Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Authorities said there was no sign of robbery or disturbance in the home.

“It’s really scary because I live right down the road and I couldn’t think of any reason why anyone would do something bad to that gentlemen,” neighbor William Carter said.

Best, a long-time farmer, is survived by his mother, two sisters and two brothers.

“He was always a real quiet fellow,” Carter said. “(I’ve) never seen much going on at his house. He was just a real nice fellow all the way around.”

Services for Best will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Pineview Cemetery.

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