No arrests have been made in death of Amelia Mae Betts
A woman whose body was found seven months ago at Pine Cliffs Recreation area outside Havelock was shot six times, according to a medical examiner’s autopsy report.
The death of Amelia Mae Betts is being investigated as a homicide.
The body of the 34-year-old single mother was found by a man walking his dog on March 21 at the Neuse Recreation Area at Pine Cliffs, part of the Croatan National Forest.
According to the report, prepared by Medical Examiner Lisa Weems, the autopsy was conducted on March 22 in the presence of investigators Ellsworth Bennett and Josh Dowdy of the Craven County Sheriff’s Office. The report was released to the Havelock News upon request.
The cause of death is listed as a gunshot wound to the head with multiple gunshot wounds listed as a contributing factor, according to the report. The weapon was a 9 mm pistol.
According to the report, Betts was found “on her knees leaning forward with her face on the ground.” She was fully clothed wearing black pants, white socks and white tennis shoes, a blue T-shirt, and a gray and white jacket.
The body was found at 8:13 a.m. between the bath house and the picnic area at the recreation area.
Craven County investigators removed a cell phone, keys, and a small bottle of allergy relief pills from her jacket pocket.
Seven 9mm shell casings were found in the immediate area around the body, according to a statement in Weems’ preliminary summary of circumstances surrounding her death.
“Exact events are unknown at present, investigation still in progress. At this time no weapon has been recovered,” the report states.
Betts’ car was in the gravel parking lot nearby where her body was found.
Betts was last seen alive when she left her job as a clerk at the Kangaroo on East Main Street at 7 p.m. on March 20. Betts had been scheduled to pick up her daughter from the home of her ex-husband at 8 p.m. and “was not known to be late picking her up.”
“Family reports no known friction with ex-husband regarding sharing of child custody, however do report recent arguments and threats from a female neighbor that reportedly lives downstairs from subject,” Weems wrote.
There was no sign of drugs or alcohol at the site. A toxicology report on Betts’ blood, liver, and urine indicated no alcohol was present. The tests were conducted by the Officer of Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh.
Four metal projectiles found in the body were taken as evidence by investigators. Betts was struck by six bullets.
“At autopsy, there are six distinct gunshot wounds. The fatal wound is to the right side of the head. Other wound locations are left anterior chest, left elbow, right posterior hip, left posterior side, left posterior shoulder,” the report states.
The manner of death is listed as a homicide.
No arrests have been made in the case.
The Craven County Sheriff’s Office did not return phone calls to the Havelock News for an update on the case by press time.