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Brunswick County investigators are still looking for leads in the case of Valerie Burns. Burns’ charred remains were recently found in the trunk of her burned out car. Today, detectives reviewed calls Valerie Burns previously placed to 911 from her home in Leland. Investigators say the calls may give them some clues as to who killed Burns. Her car and body were found about 10 miles from her Leland home late last month. She was inside the trunk, and autopsy results showed Burns died from smoke inhalation. In mid-January detectives responded to a domestic call Burns placed to 911 saying a man was hitting her. The man is John Thrower. It is unclear what his relationship was to Valerie Burns. Thrower has been questioned by detectives and is not considered a suspect in her murder, but at this point, investigators say, they are not ruling anyone out. A week ago the governor offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. While that has generated a few leads, Brunswick County detectives say they are still searching for information. They are urging anyone who knows anything to call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department at 910-253-2777.


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