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Woman killed in Johnston barn explosion identified

Posted March 13, 2013 6:28 p.m. EDT

— Johnston County authorities on Wednesday identified the person whose body was found in a barn that exploded and burned over the weekend.

Authorities still haven't disclosed whether Heather Beasley Parker, 32, was killed in the Saturday morning explosion and fire or suffered another cause of death.

Neighbors said a woman rented the home at 4680 U.S. Highway 301 South, about 2 miles outside Four Oaks. It wasn't immediately known if Parker was that woman.

The cause of the explosion hasn't been determined, but investigators said they found materials used to make methamphetamine inside the barn.