A woman who's body was found in a shallow grave last month died from a blow to the head and a cut to her throat.
The body of Vickie Lewis was found in the Chapel Ridge subdivision in Onslow County.
Detectives have charged 54 year old Albert Bedford with Lewis' murder.
Today the sheriff's office says the preliminary cause of death for Lewis has been listed as blunt force trauma to the head and a laceration to the throat.
People in one Onslow County subdivision are in shock to find out a woman's body was buried in a neighbor's backyard.
They only learned of it after reporters today discovered where Vickie Lewis' remains were found over the weekend.
The sheriffs department will only say the 43-year-old woman's body was found on the property of a relative of Albert Bedford, her suspected killer. The refused to release an exact location of where her body was found.
Today WITN News went to the Chapel Ridge subdivision near the airport where a family member of Bedford lives.
Neighbors say several deputy cars were parked at that relative's home on Saturday and Sunday, even asking them if they noticed any activity in the woods near Thanksgiving. .
WITN found the neighborhood after searching public records and speaking with the victim's family.
The family of a woman who's body was found in a shallow grave over the weekend speaks out to WITN News.
The sister of Vickie Lewis says "by the grace of God we are holding up, but it still gets us down.".
Lewis' body was found Saturday in a shallow grave on property owned by a relative of murder suspect Albert Bedford.
The woman's sister, Audrey Green, says they knew the two had a relationship, and said they didn't care for Bedford. Green says Beford is an ex-Chicago police officer and both her sister and the suspect worked together at Camp Lejeune.
Green tells WITN News that once the family figured out Lewis was missing, her husband filed a missing persons report and then went searching for her car. Green says the husband found the murder victim's car was found in the parking lot of Onslow Memorial Hospital.
"We will forgive Mr. Bedford, but we want him to pay for what he did," says Green.
Victim Obtained Warrant
Lewis was last seen November 24th and her family reported her missing later that week.
It turns out Lewis had filed misdemeanor larceny and communicating threats charges against Bedford back on November 8th. The warrant says Bedford pulled a knife on Lewis and said "bitch I have something for you".
Today Sheriff Ed Brown says Bedford and Lewis had an extremely close relationship while both were married and had their own families. Brown says even though the murder victim took out the warrant, he says their relationship continued.
Bedford remains in the Onslow County jail without bond.
A man who authorities say killed and then buried an Onslow County woman last month will remain in jail without bond.
Albert Bedford went before a district court judge this morning in Jacksonville.
Sheriff investigators say they found the body of Vickie Lewis on Saturday in a shallow grave. The district attorney says the remains were found at a relative's house and says the woman's injuries were "brutal".
Onslow County deputies say Lewis had been missing since November 24th.
Because of the amount of decomposition, Lewis' body is being sent to Chapel Hill for an autopsy.
Bedford's next day in court is December 31st.
Onslow County Sheriff Deputies solve a missing person's case and now one man is charged with murder.
Saturday Deputies arrested 54 year old Albert Bedford and charged him with the murder of Vicky M. Lewis...an Onslow County woman who had been reported missing on November 27th. While investigating the missing persons case, Deputies found Lewis's body buried in a shallow grave on the property of a relative of the suspect.
Investigators believe Lewis was killed back on November 24th, but they have not determined a cause of death. Bedford is in Onslow County jail with no bond.
His first appearance is Monday morning.