Teenager’s death investigated as homicide

Staff Report

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton teenager has died after arriving bloodied at the home of an off-duty sheriff’s lieutenant, saying her home was on fire, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide and the Sheriff’s Office has identified a “person of interest,” although no arrests had been made as of this evening.

According to Thompson, the 18-year-old went to Lt. Joey Hucks’ home on Buck Trail early this morning, “beating on his front door,” “covered in blood” and with cuts to her body. She told Hucks her home on Buckshot Road was on fire. Thompson confirmed that there was a fire.

The woman’s name and her relationship to Hucks were not released. Buckshot Road bisects Buck Trail off of Singletary Church Road.

Sheriff’s deputies went to Hucks’ home at 4:21 a.m. and the woman was taken by emergency personnel to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where she later died.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.


Staff Report

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