NEW INFO: Woman's Death Called Suspicious

Memorial services are planned for a woman whose death deputies call "suspicious."

Authorities say Teresea Foster, age 51, had a single gunshot wound to the head and was on fire when deputies found her body outside her home in the Pitt County town of Stokes Saturday.

Records show another resident of her Sweet Gum Grove Church home, Clinton Arthur Ridenour, was formerly certified to work as a police officer in Farmville and at ECU. Farmville police confirmed Ridenour did work with their department at one time.

Police say Foster's boyfriend told them she committed suicide. The autopsy is still pending, according to the medical examiner's office, because toxicology reports are still being processed. That could take a few weeks.

Visitation is from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday at Hillside Funeral Service in Washington. A memorial service for Foster is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Hillside Funeral Service Chapel in Washington.

An online obituary says "Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be directed to Options for Domestic Violence, PO Box 1353, Washington, NC 27889."


Original Story

Pitt County deputies are calling the death of a woman over the weekend as suspicious.

51-year-old Teresea Foster of Stokes had a single gun shot wound to the head and was on fire when deputies responded to a call from her boyfriend Saturday afternoon. They found her body outside of the home.

It happened on Sweet Gum Road outside of Stokes. Deputies say the boyfriend told them the woman committed suicide.

Deputies say they are awaiting autopsy results from the medical examiner's office until proceeding any further.


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  • by Kathy on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:05 PM
    Jury selection starts Monday, January 9, 2011. Please have someone on this horrific case. It has been a long time in coming and the family needs closure.
  • by FRIEND Location: WASHINGTON on Feb 16, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    WHERE IS THE UPDATE TO THIS STORY POSTED? I SAW IT ON THE 6:00 NEWS TONIGHT BUT CAN NOT FIND IT ON THE WEB SITE. PLEASE INFORM EVERYONE OF THE UPDATE!! THANKS!!
  • by Kay Location: SC on Feb 10, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    My prayers are with Teresea's family and her friends. I have wonderful memories of the Derr Family. Teresea and her family were a large part of my life as a teen.
  • by Keep her Spirit Alive Location: Greenville, NC on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:02 AM
    Please don't forget this horrific Crime. Keep this case opened. Let there be justice. It would be unforgivable to forget this case. Keep her spirit alive, let justice be done, don't forget to speak for the victim that can no longer speak for herself. Please everyone give to the domestic violence shelters in some way. This has to STOP!!!
  • by Donna on Oct 22, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    I am so sorry. The death of a loved one is difficult to put into words, and I know from my experiences with this, that it is never forgotten. God bless you, and may many angels hold the pieces of your hearts together. I truly know how you feel.
  • by SoSad Location: Greenville, NC on Oct 6, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    I am so sad and sorry for this family. I truly hope justice will soon prevail. I pray the truth that seems so obvious will soon be proven. I pray you have all the people in every police and investigative departments hopefully experts that can see through any deceptions and this family can have some sense of closure even though there will always be a piece of their hearts missing. God bless all of Tereseas family members.
  • by Brandy Location: Chocowinity on Sep 13, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    I cannot tell you all the sadness I feel when I look at Tereseas picture. Let me give you all a little insight into this woman that so many people have commented on. My name is Brandy and I am Tereseas step daughter. She married my father when I was 5 years old and from that point on, loved me as if I were her own. She always made a concious effort to get along with my biological mother and she was the peacekeeper in many ways. She never made me feel like I was anything but her own child. Her blood. She was a gentle spirit and a kind soul. She was a wonderful grandmother to my children. Just as she spent her life protecting me, I have tried to do the same for them. But please tell me, how do you explain to your kids that their grandmother was shot in the head and set on fire and nobody is being held accountable? If your speeding you get a ticket. If you park your car on the wrong side of the street you get a ticket. So how is it that you kill someone and nothing happens?
  • by RHP Location: Washington on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:54 PM
    I agree with DD, put the pressure on the PCSD. Use the media - call the local TV news & local newspapers, b/c law enforcement agencies do not like bad press. Teresea & her family deserve justice so don't let this rest until the SOB is behind bars.
  • by DD Location: Chesapeake on Sep 8, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    People that are making the comments that it took me 1 hr. to read,why don't you stop and think about them before you voice your opinion in a negative way. Instead, take that energy and go after the PCPD and put pressure on them ,if that does not work,try the State Police to investigate the PCPD and climb the change of command. Remember that the PCPD does need time to put the case together, so that when they make the arrest that it will be a solid one. Also you can have a event in her name to raise money to hire a private detective if the above of command does not work. I know sometimes it does seem like the police try's to cover up things when it comes to their own.Let them do their job and if that is not good enough,then add the pressure. I too am upset about Theresa, because I am one of her aunts.So guys add the pressure on the detective that is in charge...
  • by RUSH DERR Location: TORONTO on Sep 1, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    THIS IS TO WHO I AM.I'M RUSH U DERR.I AM TERESEA DERR FOSTERS BROTHER.UNLIKE MOST PEOPLE WHO SPOUT OFF ABOUT LAWS ,AND LAWYERS. I ACTUALLY HAVE LAWYERS,I'M NOT HIDDING WHO I AM .ARE YOU?SO IF YOU WANT TO SUE SOMEONE.PLEASE CONTACT MY LAWYERS AT WATSON AND BATTISTA AT NUMBER 1 BLOOR STREET WEST.TORONTO ONTARIO .THEY WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.YOU CAN FIND THEIR NUMBER YOURSELF.AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU SUEING ME .I'M IN CANADA.BUT THEY STILL WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO YOU.SO THEY CAN FIND OUT IF YOU ARE WHO WE THINK YOU ARE.WHICH ONE ARE YOU?
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