Sheriff: Victim's name released


POLLOCKSVILLE, Jones County - Update: Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath said the victim is Bell Bryant. He did not have an exact age for her. He said she was in her late 60s or early 70s.

Autopsy results show Bryant's death was caused from smoke inhalation. Sheriff Heath said she must have been cooking something smokey at the time.

Heath also says Bryant had grease stains on her clothes from what she was cooking, and had also fallen back and hit her face.

Family says they hadn't heard from her since earlier in the week. The landlord of the property went to do an inspection of the house and discovered the body. The exact time of death is still unknown.

Previous Story: Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath said no foul play is suspected in a death that happened in Pollocksville Friday.

Heath confirmed one person was found dead inside a duplex at 315 Oliver Street in Pollocksville Friday.

The SBI is investigating the death. Heath said he called the agency in to take over the investigation to make sure it was thorough.

Heath told NewsChannel 12 that the death was not a suicide but could not release any other information. NewsChannel 12 reporter Lauren Arnott went to the scene Friday night and saw a body taken away from the home. She talked to a couple of neighbors, who said the person who died was an older woman who kept to herself. "When I came here, I saw all these vehicles. So I asked the lady what was going on? And that's when they told me they found her in the house," neighbor Walter Bryant said. "She was a very nice lady. She was just so humble," Vernon Lee Harris, a friend of the woman, said. "She loved her church family. I didn't know this last Sunday would be my last Sunday that I'd see her." Family members were present, along with said they had been on the scene since 1:00 Friday afternoon.

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