ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – A hazmat situation in Robeson County is connected to a homicide investigation that began early Monday morning in Fairmont, according to Major Anthony Thompson with the sheriff's office.
A woman that was found dead at her home on Happy Hill Road around 9:12 a.m.
Patricia Dawn Hill, age 69, was found dead at her residence. After smelling a strange odor inside, three deputies were taken to the hospital along with one civilian. As a precautionary measure, they were checked out for possible exposure, but authorities wouldn't comment on what chemicals may have been present.
While the regional hazmat team from Fayetteville was called out to clear the scene, the homicide investigation had to be stalled for most of the day.
Major Thompson says there are no safety issues that pose a threat to the public, and there is not a timetable for when Happy Hill Road will reopen.
It's currently closed off between Turkey Branch Road and Old Stage Road.
At this time there are no leads on suspects and no one is in custody.
This case is still under investigation.
Anyone with any information regarding this case, is asked to call the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at (910)-671-3100.
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