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UPDATE: Death of elderly woman ruled a homicide

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The death of an elderly woman in the Longwood community has now been ruled a homicide.

A relative called Brunswick County Deputies to check on Linnie Mae Ward Tuesday night. The 86-year-old was found unresponsive when deputies arrived on scene.

After further investigation by detectives, an autopsy was requested to determine if foul play may have been a factor. The autopsy report revealed that the death is a result of blunt force trauma and other injuries.

This is now considered a homicide investigation. Sheriff Ingram is offering a reward from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and has requested a Governor's reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office at 910-253-2777 or call Detective Kyle Jones at 910-880-4944.

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Linnie Ward

I have know Mrs. Linnie Ward all my life. I grew up on the Gwyn Farm Road. Our families were family. There was our family and the Ward family that lived in this secluded area on the Gwyn Farm road. We spent a lot of time with Miss Linnie and Mr. Jonny and Annette and John Larry. It is sad that someone would take the life of an innocent elderly lady who never harmed anyone. I pray to God that the person or persons responsible willsuffer for this deed. God bless tha family. We love you Miss Linnie.

Berta Stanley
Daughter of Agnes and Lennox Stanley

Mrs.Linnie was a good heart

Mrs.Linnie was a good heart woman.. She wouldn't hurt no one. She loved to fish,and loved her family. No one could not say nothing bad about her. I hope who ever did this is caught. Life in prison is not either for them. This woman was someone mother, grandmother. This family has a lot to deal with now. Rip Mrs. Lonnie, U are a angel now. You will be missed.

Let's all hope and pray for

Let's all hope and pray for this innocent woman's sake and the families that they catch this monster. I don't know who the sheriff has got up there looking into these terrible crimes but they have not solved one murder since Sam Davis was up there. Where in the world is he? That's who they need up there and these murders would be in jail. He just put that man away that killed Adam Bradshaw. I saw it on the news. They still have not caught the one that killed that young boy a while back. WHy don't they let Mr Davis do something. Does he still work there? He's a good one, really acted like he cared about my family when we had a problem years ago.