New information discovered on missing woman's past

Margaret A. Lewis (Image courtesy Durham Police Department)

December 26, 2011 2:25:50 PM PST
Durham police are still waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine if a body found Friday in a lake is that of a missing woman.

Meanwhile, new information has come to light about 58-year-old Margaret Lewis' connection to another disappearance that ended in murder.

ABC11 has learned that Lewis, who is known as Peg to her close friends and family, is linked to a high profile murder case where a woman's body was found in a lake.

In 2003, Lewis testified at the murder trial of Robert Petrick, who was the husband of Durham cellist Janine Sutphen. Sutphen went missing and, months later, her body was found in Falls Lake in Wake County.

Lewis, who vanished Dec. 9, was Sutphen's best friend. Her testimony was instrumental during the murder trial.

In addition to the recently discovered body, Lewis' vehicle also turned up near the Parkwood Lake area. Right now, authorities remain tightlipped on what else, if anything, they may have found.

Police hope to have the identity of the woman found in the lake as early as Tuesday.

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