LAWMEN: No Foul Play In Elderly Woman's Death

By: Dan Yesenosky/ April Davis
By: Dan Yesenosky/ April Davis

Martin County deputies told WITN that 80-year-old Freda Hamilton died from a combination of exposure, heart disease, and dementia.

The Medical Examiner's Office has positively identified the body found on Fire Department Road in Williamston. Investigators said Hamilton had been at that location for some time before being found.

Two teens discovered the woman's car the night of Thursday, August 16th on Fire Department Road in Williamston. That was around 7:15 p.m. The car was behind the fire department and the body of an elderly woman was in a nearby ditch.

Investigators and family members believed early on in the discovery that it was Hamilton's body that was found. No foul play was ever suspected.


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Martin County deputies say they believe a body found near a missing woman's car is Freda Hamilton.

Two teens discovered the woman's car Thursday night on Fire Department Road in Williamston around 7:15 p.m. The car was behind the fire department and the body of an elderly woman was in a nearby ditch.

Lt. Drew Robinson says the family of Hamilton has been notified, but they are waiting on official confirmation from the Medical Examiner's Office.

The 80-year-old Hamilton was last seen here at her home in Robersonville by neighbors on Tuesday, August 7th. She was the subject of a statewide Silver Alert, but that was cancelled after the car and body were found.



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Martin County Sheriff Dan Gibbs tells WITN 2 teens discovered the car of missing elderly woman Freda Hamilton Thursday night and the body of an elderly woman nearby. Gibbs says he can not confirm the identity of the body until an autopsy is complete. A family member tells WITN he was told by Robersonville police the body was too decomposed to make a positive identification immediately, but police did request the Silver Alert for Hamilton to be canceled.

Martin County Deputies were called out to Fire Department Road in Williamston about 7:15 p.m. Thursday night for the discovery of a body. Sheriff Gibbs says 2 teen girls found saw the blue Toyota Yaris which belongs to 80-year-old Freda Hamilton who was last seen August 7th. The car was on a roadside behind a fire department and the body of an elderly woman was found near the car in a ditch.

Stay with WITN and witn.com for details on this developing story.


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The search continues for a local elderly woman who has been missing for more than a week.

Freda Hamilton, 80-years-old, was last seen here at her home in Robersonville, Martin County, by neighbors on Tuesday, August 7th. She is the subject of a statewide silver alert, as authorities continue their attempts to find her.

Freda's cousin Carol Revels says she never realized how difficult these situations are for other families, until it happened to her own. "I feel sorry for other people who have lost someone like that. If that happens, which I'm praying that she'll come home, but I don't know."

Freda is believed to be suffering from a form of dementia. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 125 pounds and has short silver hair. Her 2008 blue Toyota Yaris is also missing.

Anyone with information can call Robersonville Police at 252-792-8151.

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An elderly Martin County woman is the subject of a statewide Silver Alert.

Robersonville police are looking for Freda Hamilton. The 80-year-old woman was last seen at 201 East Second Street.

The woman is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. She is 5'3" tall, weighs 125 pounds, has short silver hair and hazel eyes.

Hamilton is believed to be driving a 2008 blue Toyota Yaris, with North Carolina tag ADN 5154.

Captain Phillip Lee says the woman's family periodically checks on her, but they were unable to get in touch with her in the last few days.

Neighbors say they last saw her Monday or Tuesday. At her house they found her vehicle gone, but her purse and other items, like her cell phone, were still in the house.

Lee says there was no sign of a forced entry and at this point they don't believe there's any foul play involved.

Anyone who knows her whereabouts should call Robersonville police at 252-792-8151.


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