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Bullet wound confirmed on deceased Goldsboro man

Posted October 14, 2010 3:14 p.m. EDT
Updated October 14, 2010 8:13 p.m. EDT

— Wayne County authorities said Thursday that a wound found on the body of a man they think might have died of natural causes was a bullet wound.

Capt. Tom Effler said a preliminary autopsy confirmed the finding of workers at a funeral home worker preserving the body of James Clifton Best.

Best, 62, was found dead inside his Goldsboro home Tuesday, and investigators initially ruled his death the result of natural causes.

Further autopsy results were pending.

Effler said the circumstances of the case made it difficult to catch the wound, but he said he could not elaborate further.

Authorities say there was no sign of a robbery or any other disturbance at his home.

The case is being treated as a homicide, which is typical in all suspicious-death cases until homicide can be ruled out, Effler said.