She was mauled to death and government agencies won't say what happened. WE WANT ANSWERS!
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Mrs. Brenda Hamilton, 77, always took her daily meditation in the wee hours of the morning during a sunrise walk down Indian Run Road – a country road in Beaufort County NC, just a few miles from Pungo Christian Academy, the school where she was a teacher, mentor and administrator for several decades.
The sun rose on Friday, February 15, 2019 and Mrs. Hamilton was there to greet it, but her walk went horribly wrong. She was attacked and partially CONSUMED ALIVE by some sort of animal. Neighbors found her in a ditch, with a freshly killed rodent nearby. Two days later, she sadly succumbed to her injuries.
Since that time, no definitive information has been released concerning what animal(s) were responsible for her death, and the investigation has been CLOSED. Those in the community, especially her family and school, believe there’s something that’s not being said. We want answers:
- THIS IS A CRISIS SITUATION; therefore state, federal and local officials should act accordingly.
- PUBLIC MEETINGS in local areas be held within 30 days and publicized according to sunshine laws to allow citizens to voice CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR SAFETY, ask questions and offer information on the case.
- FULL DISCLOSURE of all parties involved in the investigation, including state and federal agencies, first responders, medical examiners, those who collected DNA evidence, and all others involved.
- ALL AGENCIES INVOLVED AND IDENTIFIED in the investigation be represented at local meetings and able to answer questions.
- FULL DISCLOSURE of the laboratory name and technician that performed the DNA testing.
- FULL DISCLOSURE of the physical DNA test results.
- WARNINGS BE POSTED TO INDICATE DANGER
Right after Mrs. Hamilton passed away, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that DNA testing showed the animal was “canine,” but that further testing needed to be done. Two dogs from the neighborhood (whom Mrs. Hamilton was familiar with) were quarantined, but released after thorough DNA testing. Every dog in the vicinity was tested, but all cleared. The family waited patiently to hear more.
Finally, on May 2, a local news station reported that the investigation had been closed. In a small town where families are on a first-name basis with law enforcement, seeing this news on TV (especially with no answers) hurt all the more.
This less-than-stellar investigation of a horrific event in a small, eastern NC town has left questions:
- Why was the investigation so short lived?
- Why were officials so quick to dismiss the magnitude (a sweet lady got mauled and killed)?
- Why was there no “attack animal” named?
- Why were local people not involved (and why were their accounts of investigators not taken into consideration)??
- Why is there a widely accepted public belief that the USFWS red wolf introduction has a lot to do with this tragedy?
- WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL KILLED MRS. HAMILTON??
- IS IT SAFE TO TAKE A WALK?
- CAN OUR KIDS GO OUT AND PLAY?
- CAN WE TRUST OUR GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT US?
- WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION AND DEMAND THE FOLLWOWING STEPS BE TAKEN:
Not only are we saddened by the horrible death of Mrs. Brenda Hamilton, we are also in fear of any neighbors that walk down our country roads. It is our hope as a Christian community that this investigation was conducted properly, thoroughly, professionally and ethically by all involved. However, we are wary of many circumstances surrounding this horrible incident and the manor in which it was investigated.
From the Hamilton family and the surrounding communities, we approach this situation with an open mind.
Mrs. Hamilton was a true pillar of her community (there are tons of photo albums to prove it, too). Her life’s work touched countless lives because she stood for and lived for what she believed in – her faith, her family, her community and her Pungo Raiders
Out of all due respect, please give us some answers.
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