Woman found dead in burning car in Alamance County identified; deputies working to provide closure for family

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Police are investigating after a dead woman was found in a burning car.

The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office responded to Harmony Church Road Sunday around 3:00 a.m. where they found a dead woman in the backseat of a burning vehicle.

The woman has been identified as Cathie Jo Latham, 66, of Alamance County.

“We’re not necessarily ruling this death as suspicious. Right now, it’s just a death investigation,” Lt. Brad Hall, with ACSO, said. “It was an open field, and there were people there that were just camping out, parking for the night. Just for a weekend event. We were able to conduct several interviews.”

Multiple agencies are investigating, and Hall said additional interviews could be warranted.

A woman who said she lived at the adjacent home said the outdoor gathering that was witnessed was a private event for her close family and friends.

“This is definitely a unique case for us, but that’s part of the investigative process. We can’t say necessarily foul play was involved,” Hall said. “At this time, it’s still undetermined. That’s going to be a very crucial part in the autopsy.”

As they continue to conduct interviews with people who attended the gathering, the hope is that those interactions will lead to closure for Latham’s family.

“We will make sure we look into all avenues just to make sure we can provide the appropriate closure for the family and for the victim,” Hall said. 

The autopsy report could take weeks, if not months, for the sheriff’s office to get all the details of the report.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 570-6300.

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