Authorities investigate possible link between house fire and body in container

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. – Burlington police are investigating a possible link between a house fire and a woman found dead in a store contain, both reported Friday in Alamance County.

Officers responded to the home around noon Friday to investigate a suspected arson after a small fire broke out.

Authorities also said a partially decomposed female body was found in a “suspicious object” in a roadway just south of Graham.

Police say the body found in the container fits the description of a woman who lived in the house on Washington Street.

The body was found by a Department of Transportation maintenance worker around 9 a.m. Friday on Bellemont-Mount Hermon Road near the intersection of Southern High School Road, officials said. There was no identification on the body.

Melissa King lives on Washington Street and said she is worried the woman found could be her neighbors.

“It just shocked me to come home see the fire truck, the detectives and it went on all day,” King said. “That’s really scary they think it could be her.”

Rickey Allen lives down the street from where the storage bin was found on Bellemont-Mount Hermon Road.

“We will be praying for them and for the sheriff department to find the killer and the responsible party for this terrible tragedy,” Allen said.

Captain Wood with the Burlington Police Department said they are still looking for the other residents of 1039 Washington Street.

Anyone with any information can call the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 229-6300 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 570-7100.

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