An elderly woman from North Carolina has died of serious injuries during a mysterious attack on an animal on a road in the small town of Pantego, police said.
Brenda Hamilton, a beloved 77-year-old teacher, was found injured on the side of Indian Run Road on Friday. She was immediately transferred to a local hospital where she died.
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office stated that wildlife protection officials were not able to immediately identify the animal that mutilated the woman during her daily morning walk.
"Beaufort County sheriff investigators and officers and a biologist from the North Carolina Wildlife Commission have investigated to investigate the type of animal being attacked in Hamilton," the Sheriff's Office said on Monday. a statement. "At that time, the preliminary DNA tests facilitated by NC Wildlife Biologist have eliminated all the native wildlife in the area."
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The Pungo Christian Academy, Belhaven School where Hamilton worked, confirmed Monday the death of the "precious" teacher.
"She's always been our Pungo angel, but now she's rejoicing with her creator in paradise, and anyone who knew her had no doubt that when she walked through the gates of heaven, she was welcome with these words …" Well done my good and faithful servant … well done, "wrote part of the school on Facebook.
Hamilton has been an educator at the school since 1968, says Pungo Christian Academy on her website. Hamilton, a graduate of East Carolina University, taught English, spelling and literature in high school.
Many students – past and present – and members of the Belhaven community have expressed their condolences.
"Mrs. Brenda was like another mom for all of us … she will be sorely missed, my heart goes to the family," wrote a woman.
"I'm really sorry and sad to hear this news, and Ms. Hamilton has had a great influence on me and the entire class of 1978. She will be missed by her past and present students, the PCA family and her loving family. Blessed God, "added a former student.
"As I sit here, heartbroken, I am always grateful that my children, as well as myself, have been in her life at the PCA! What an exceptional person she was and the definition of a true Christian We will miss her so much Prayers for all, especially Mr. Ray and his family! "A third echoed.
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Investigators are still trying to determine what type of animal was involved in the attack. Authorities say that canine DNA has been found on Hamilton's clothes, but the tests do not tell the difference between wild canines such as wolves and domestic canines.
Investigators are collecting DNA from domestic dogs for further testing.
Associated Press contributed to this report.