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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