S’burg child’s death called ‘suspicious’
Over a week after 11-year-old was found dead, there are still more questions than answers
by Sherry Matthews Editor
Nearly two weeks after a Salemburg child was found dead in her Hairr Drive home, Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators are calling the incident suspicious, but they are stopping short of providing much in the way of details about what is believed to have occurred.
“It’s a suspicious death,” said Sheriff’s Capt. Julian Carr. “Right now I can’t tell you much more than that.”
County officers were called to the Hairr Drive residence early Friday morning, Sept. 6. The 911 call alerted officers that a child was in the home and unresponsive.
When officers arrived on scene they found an 11-year-old girl dead inside the mobile home.
Since that time investigators, including members of the State Bureau of Investigation who were called in to assist with the probe, have been interviewing witnesses and talking to people in the area, trying to piece together what happened.
“This is an ongoing investigation,” Carr said Tuesday afternoon. “There is still a lot we don’t know. Really, at this point, all we do know is that the death is suspicious.”
Sampson Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Barr concurred with Carr’s assessment, noting that “this was not a natural death and it wasn’t an accidental death.”
Additional autopsy information was being sought to determine the exact cause of death.
Carr said further details would be released once the probe was complete.
The sheriff’s captain did urge anyone who might have information about the incident to call the Sheriff’s Department at 910-592-4141.
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