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Second search conducted in killing of pastor's wife

Posted July 23, 2008 10:54 a.m. EDT

— Hoke County authorities conducted a second search Tuesday at the home where Rose Wynn, 53, was found dead in June. Authorities have previously said that Wynn's husband, Rev. Sam Wynn, a former pastor of Holland's United Methodist Church in Wake County, is a person of interest in her death.

A search of the home, at 595 E. Lake Ridge Road in Raeford, on June 26 yielded a towel and a shoe with stains that appeared to be blood. .

Authorities believe Rose Wynn was attacked and beaten at her home on June 4. Her 10-year-old son, Christopher, found her unconscious on the kitchen floor the next morning, and she died later that day at a nearby hospital. 

Christopher Wynn heard his parents arguing on the phone on June 3, and James Jackson, Rose Wynn's oldest son, told investigators that his mother called him crying that night to report that Sam Wynn had threatened her, according to the application for the search warrant.

The couple's marriage was strained, and they often fought over who would acquire ownership of the home in Raeford after a separation, according to the warrant.

Investigators also found a $100,000 life insurance policy on Rose Wynn – her husband was listed as the beneficiary – and a deed to the Raeford house during a search of a house owned by Holland's United Methodist Church at 4701 Holland Church Road in Raleigh.