Former Cop Spends First Night In Jail On Murder Charge

There has finally been an arrest in the death of a woman who was found shot and burned outside a Pitt County home last summer.

Deputies have charged Arthur Ridenour, a former police officer, with the murder of Teresea Foster. Foster's body was found burned and she had been shot outside the couple's home on Sweet Gum Church Road in Stokes.

Deputies say Ridenour told them his girlfriend had set herself on fire and then shot herself. After an investigation and a ruling from the Medical Examiner's Office, the case went before a grand jury on Monday. Ridenour was indicted on a charge of murder. He was arrested Tuesday on the charge.

One month ago WITN reported that the woman's autopsy listed her death as a homicide.

The autopsy said Foster died from a gunshot wound to the head, her body had a low carbon monoxide level and there was no sign of soot in her respiratory system. That suggests she died before exposure to the fire. It also says the front of her body was burned as if a substance may have been poured on her.

The 51-year-old Ridenour was a former police officer in Farmville, a former dispatcher and security guard at ECU, and was a bailiff under Sheriff Ralph Tyson.

Ridenour is now in the Pitt County jail under a one-million dollar bond.

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  • by Cierra Location: Ocala, FL on May 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    "Let he who has never sinned cast the first stone" those of you who do not know him nor the family should keep your opinions to yourselves. Who are you to judge this man or his family?? People make me sick.
  • by Asset-Transfer on May 28, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    Has the family sued for wrongful death?
  • by HeBAPeice on May 27, 2010 at 05:27 AM
    @warning - I bet if they let him out, somebody else will die by his hand.
  • by wanrning on May 15, 2010 at 06:39 PM
    Aurthur's court date is June 8th. Will they let this dangerous man out of jail? Will they let this suspected killer out in public puting other people at risk. Any bond less than 150,000 will probably set him free.
  • by Seeker Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    "Foster was left-handed, officials said, but the gunshot entrance wound was at the right temple, the examiner’s report showed." Left handed but shot in the right temple of the head?
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    There is an article posted on the Daily Reflector's website ( that is very telling. The article is titled "Family recalls relationship, events leading to death of Teresea Foster". The article says that Ridenour did not let Foster drive. Thats interesting because he sold his previous girlfriends car preventing her from driving too.
  • by watchtower on May 1, 2010 at 09:26 PM
    Will Ridenour be getting out of jail on May 6th for the low bond rate of 20,000?
  • by Waiting4you on Apr 12, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    God willing he will be heading back to the place where he was born, not the hosipital in Bertie County but the big prison in Bertie County. Ya'll make sure you come visit now.
  • by nono on Apr 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    Anybody want to let a suspected murder free?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    Ridenour is lucky to be an ex-cop. Basically he get a cell to himself, I bet many other prisoners would like not to have to share a jal cell.

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