Funeral Home Finds Bullet Wound; Man's Death Now Suspicious

A funeral home discovering a bullet wound has lawmen in Wayne County opening up a suspicious death investigation.

Deputies say at first they believed the death of 62-year-old James Best Tuesday morning was natural causes because of his health problems. But while shaving the body, the funeral home discovered a small gunshot wound under the man's chin.

Now the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the SBI is investigating the man's death. Deputies say a friend found Best unresponsive Tuesday morning at his home on Highway 111 south of Goldsboro. There was no sign of robbery or any other type of disturbance at the man's home.

An autopsy is being done today at the Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office.

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