Woman's Death Listed As Homicide, Not Suicide

WITN News has received the actual autopsy report for Teresa Foster, the woman found burned and shot outside her Stokes home last August 22nd.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has listed her cause of death a homicide in a review signed February 9th. A box for suicide is not checked.

Foster's boyfriend, Clinton "Artie" Ridenour--a former Farmville police officer--told deputies the 51-year-old woman had a history of suicide attempts, and just the week before she had been indicted on drug charges. The report says the woman's daughter had been placed in foster care because she had been declared an unfit mother. The autopsy says the sheriff's department "had some concerns and considered the death suspicious."

Last week we reported the autopsy said the woman 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.

On Monday WITN received the paper copy of the autopsy which lists the manner of death.

The report says a 9mm handgun was found in the woman's hand, while Ridenour told deputies he became concerned when he found his 9mm handgun missing out of the trunk of his car.

Deputies say the case is still under investigation.


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