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Body found in NC may have been connected car chase suspect

July 2, 2019

CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) — A woman who knew the suspect that was killed in a high speed police chase in North Carolina has been found dead, but authorities haven’t said if the death may have prompted the suspect to flee and begin the chase.

Smithfield Police Department Chief Keith Powell said a woman’s body was found at a home Tuesday after being reported missing. Police say they’ve now launched a homicide investigation.

Powell told news outlets the suspect stole a vehicle from Paul Auto Sales, which appears to be less than a mile from where the woman was found.

Officers and the suspect exchanged gunfire during the chase. Police used stop sticks to curb the vehicle, which crashed, killing the driver.

Police haven’t identified the driver, the woman or the nature of their relationship.

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