NC college counselor was strangled to death, autopsy report says

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The North Carolina college counselor killed June 18 inside her apartment in Charlotte was strangled to death, autopsy reports show.

WSOC reports that 27-year-old Amanda Strous suffered blunt force injuries and her mouth was taped shut. All of this allegedly occurred before Matthew Benner, 28, set her apartment on fire.

He is charged with first-degree arson and murder in her death. Authorities believe Benner, who lived in the same apartment complex as Strous, had been stalking her.

Benner initially fled North Carolina and officials in Nye County, Nevada, arrested him on June 20 after Charlotte detectives tracked his cellphone to the location and notified local authorities.

Strous, a counselor at Central Piedmont Community College, was engaged to be married on July 20.