BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A Beaufort County teacher has died, three days after she was attacked by an unknown animal.
Brenda Hamilton, 77, had been in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center since Friday morning's attack outside of Pantego. Members of the woman's family confirm that she passed away this morning at the hospital.
Hamilton was an English teacher at Pungo Christian Academy, having taught at the school since 1968.
Biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission performed preliminary DNA tests over the weekend.
Originally, authorities said the woman was killed by a domesticated animal. But now deputies say test results from DNA evidence found on her clothing do not differentiate between wild K9s, such as wolves or coyotes, and domesticated dogs.
Deputies are now collecting DNA from dogs in the area for additional testing.
Wildlife officers say this morning they turned all their evidence over to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.