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Prelim autopsy: homicide victim died from gunshot wound

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Wilber Price Jr. (Source: Sharon Kaye Neely Price) Wilber Price Jr. (Source: Sharon Kaye Neely Price)
Wilber Price Jr. (Source: Sharon Kaye Neely Price) Wilber Price Jr. (Source: Sharon Kaye Neely Price)
State and local investigators search a home in Pender County. State and local investigators search a home in Pender County.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT/WWBT) – A man accused of killing a 73-year-old woman in Pender County Wednesday night killed himself in the parking lot of a police department in Virginia, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Deputies with the Pender County Sheriff's Office say Wilber Price Jr., who is from Virginia, is accused of killing Myrle Knowles Carr in her home on Kelly Road in Rocky Point.

According to preliminary autopsy results, Carr died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators believe Price killed Carr and then set the home on fire, but the investigation will continue to gather more evidence.

According to Joe Bowman from the District Attorney's office, rescue teams found her body when emergency crews responded to her home for a fire.

"At this time we can't say until we get examiner reports back if Myrle died from smoke inhalation or if she died from a gunshot wound," explained Captain Jamie Ezzell with the Pender County Sheriff's Office. "But it does appear she was dead before the fire started."

Officials with the Pender County Sheriff's Office said Price drove to Virginia and shot himself in the parking lot of the Hopewell Police Department. Officials in Virginia said they found evidence in Price's car connecting him with Carr's death, a suicide note and a handgun.

Price's wife, Sharon, said he and Carr were in a relationship, and he would visit her on trips to see his son in North Carolina.

She says she can't believe this happened, as Price didn't have a violent past. She says she loved him and can't believe he is gone. Price is in his 70s and ministered to people with disabilities in Hopewell.

Captain Ezzell said there had been some issues recently between Price and Carr's family. He said Carr had filed a report with the sheriff's office Wednesday that he had stolen $4,400 in saving bonds.

Investigators with the SBI's arson unit and Pender County Fire Marshal's Office are assisting deputies with the investigation.

Stay with WECT for continuing coverage of this case.

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