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Autopsy: Upshur County woman died from neck, head wounds

By Richard Yeakley
March 28, 2014 at 11 p.m.


An Upshur County woman whose body was <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/news/police/upshur-county-sheriff-s-office-investigates-homicide/article_d30258fb-76b8-5ab8-bf27-78390cf111a6.html" target="_blank">discovered this past month</a> in a house fire was killed by blunt impact to the head and stab wounds to the neck, according to an <a href="http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/news-journal.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/c6/ec67c50e-b6d2-11e3-85ef-0019bb2963f4/53360986b0939.pdf.pdf" target="_blank">autopsy report</a>.

The bludgeoning of Erica Cook's head led to a skull fracture, bruises to the brain and cuts of the mouth.

She also was stabbed in the ear, the trachea and the spinal cord, according to the autopsy performed by Robert Lyon of Forensic Medical of Texas in Tyler.

The autopsy was ordered by Upshur County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Laura Norred and completed Feb. 10, the day after Cook's body was found in the Simpsonville area on Woodchuck Road in Upshur County.

Lt. Matt Alford with the Upshur County Sheriff's Office said Friday that the case is under investigation, and while no arrests have been made, the sheriff's office does have a person of interest.

The autopsy report detailed 11 wounds from blunt impact to the head and torso and six wounds caused by a blade.

The manner of death was determined to be a homicide, according to the report.

Sheriff Anthony Betterton said any person with information about the death should call the sheriff's office at (903) 843-2541.

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