08-17-2010, 06:32 PM #1
NC - Edward Cook, 51, found murdered, Linden, 17 Aug 2010
Linden, N.C. — The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office found a body in the woods near Carowind Drive and Billy Joe Lane in Linden Tuesday.
Residents of the area had reported a foul odor, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
The sheriff's office classified the death as suspicious. The body was so badly decomposed that it was impossible to determine if foul play was involved, spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.
The body will be sent to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for positive identification and cause of death.
Last edited by Cubby; 08-18-2010 at 06:45 PM.
08-17-2010, 06:53 PM #2
If there was a foul odor, the body probably had not been there for more than a couple of months.
08-18-2010, 04:49 PM #3
Deputies investigate homicide in Linden Township
Linden, N.C. — A report from the State Medical Examiners Office in Chapel Hill has determined that a body found in a wooded area of Linden Township on Tuesday was a homicide.
Edward Starr Cook III, 51, died of gunshot wounds, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Cook’s body was found near Carowind Drive and Billy Joe Lane in Linden. His home was located on Carowind Drive.
08-20-2010, 03:27 PM #4
Arrest Made In Linden Homicide
One person has been charged with murder in connection with the body found in Linden.
Cumberland County Sheriff officials say 29-year-old Lewis Berlin Hilpert, of Fayetteville, was arrested on Friday and charged with first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Detectives say Hilpert shot and killed 51-year-old Edward Starr Cook, III and dumped his body in a wooded area near his home. The body was found after neighbors reported a foul odor.
Hilpert is being held without bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center.
03-13-2016, 11:59 PM #5
From February 2013:
Hilpert pleaded guilty in 2012 to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon for shooting Cook to death and stealing his property in August 2010.
The veteran was sentenced on Friday to a minimum of 18 years, five months in prison, to include his two and a half years of jail time served while awaiting his trial.
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