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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County family is searching for answers after the death of a brother and sister. Annie and Warren Gore were found dead in their homes in Willard Saturday after complaining about flu-like symptoms. Relatives say they might know where the disease came from.

“It’s hard to believe that this could happen,” Quintella West said.

West and her family are looking for answers. West, the only child of the late Annie Gore, says her mom was feeling sick Wednesday. Annie and her brother and next-door neighbor Warren were found dead just a few days later. West says her mother had been dead a few days.

“It’s flu? This was too quick for a flu,” West said. “It’s not good, and I just want answers to know what happened to my mother.”

West says she doesn’t want to jump to conclusions, but she did make the connection that her mother began getting sick after taking her uncle to work every day at a hog farm in Sampson County.

“She said every time she took him to work she felt worse and worse,” West said. “She had to ride in his truck one day, and she says she really, really felt bad.”

After learning more about the background of the death investigation we called the Pender County Health Department. They said they have done preliminary work on the case, and that no one else is sick that works at the farm or who lives near the gores.

The Health Department says it will wait on autopsy results before it looks into what happened any further.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says both deaths are still under investigation. Investigators will wait to get results from the autopsy before the official cause of death is released.


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