Unfortunately, on Friday, a 77-year-old North Carolina teacher has died of injuries suffered in a mysterious animal attack Friday in the small Beaufort County town of Pantego, according to a Monday Facebook post from the school where she worked. This is a very sad day for many as the community is quite close in the town and so she will be sorely missed. Both adults and students alike will be mourning the loss of this woman who has been described as a kind, loving person.
The attack is quite mysterious and investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are still trying to determine what kind of animal was involved in the attack. While Beaufort County is home to bears, alligators, and coyotes, preliminary DNA testing, which was facilitated by NC Wildlife Biologist, has eliminated any wild animals indigenous to the area, said a statement issued by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. This suggests that the animal must have come from outside the small town. Surely someone else would have seen an animal that doesn’t belong if it was roaming the area?
Formally identified by the sheriff’s office as Brenda Hamilton, the victim was a high school teacher at Pungo Christian Academy in Belhaven. In a Facebook post at 11 am, school officials revealed that Hamilton had been declared dead and had passed due to her injuries at Vidant Pitt Hospital.
According to the school’s website, Hamilton was an East Carolina University grad who had been a teacher at Pungo Christian Academy since 1968. The school said that she taught high school English and literature classes and was loved by many.
At 5: 47 am on Friday a 911 call reported that someone had been attacked by an animal on Indian Run Road in Pantego, said the sheriff’s office in a statement. The town of about 200 people is not far from the Pamlico Sound in coastal North Carolina. When Beaufort County EMS and Paramedics arrived they found 77-year-old Brenda Hamilton of Pantego suffering from severe injuries as a result of the attack.
Since then, Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have joined the investigation, said officials. Furthermore, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Investigators are continuing to investigate to determine which, if any domestic canines in the area may have attacked Hamilton.
It is strange that none of the indigenous species were found to be responsible for such a horrific attack. What could have done this?