Sampson County authorities ID homicide victim found dead in home

SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Sampson County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a woman's body was found inside her Magnolia home.

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On Saturday around 10 p.m., deputies responded with EMS to the 2300 block of Trinity Church Road.

The sheriff's office said a body was found inside the home and evidence present warranted a homicide investigation.

On Monday, authorities identified the victim as Barbara Anne Smith, 55.

The Sampson County Sheriff's Office and the NC State Bureau of Investigation have identified a person of interest in the case.

The Sheriff's Office said Smith had "multiple trauma wounds consistent with a homicide," but the cause of death is still pending a forensic medical exam.
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