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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  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:12 AM
    Tersesea was taken from her family exactly 7 months on Mon. March 22. Her family still mourns for her on a daily basis. The investigators are still doing a wonderful job. They are moving foward with the investigation and hopefully her family will find some closure soon. Teresea, u r missed and loved by ur family and friends and will never be forgotten. We pray for justice for the violent way you were taken away from us.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    When a person commits murder does it make that person more likely to do so again? Hope they fiind this person soon.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    Its strange that if Teresra had saw somebody see feared that she did not run inside of the house and wake up her boyfriend. May she rest in peace and due justice go to the killer.
  • by CSI-GVegas Location: Winterville on Mar 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM
    Whoever got away with must a seriously deranged psychopath that, feels superior to law enforcement and that he/she got away with murder. Sounds like the perfect crime – burns the body after shooting the victim in the back yard in the middle of the day when most people are at work.
  • by Donna Location: NC on Mar 4, 2010 at 11:10 PM
    I am so sorry. This is so so sad. More should be done about domestic violence. So So much More!! May God bless you and keep you in his arms. My prayers are with you.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 08:57 PM
    To interested yes there is..........
  • by interested Location: stokes on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    Is there still a killer at large?
  • by Insider Location: Stokes on Feb 28, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    The boyfriend was asleep at noon so of course he would not know anything about the murder. He must be a well respected man not to be a suspect in the crime.
  • by Chirs Location: Ayden on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:51 PM
    How did anybody know his gun was in the truck of his car?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    Does the Sheriffs office have any suspects? How can this family get any peace while a killer is at large?
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