Reward offered for info on murder

Sarah Willets -

LUMBERTON — A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed a Fairmont woman who was found dead in her home in August.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has released few details about Patricia Dawn Hill’s death, except to say it was a “murder-burglary.”

The 68-year-old was found dead in her home at 1697 Happy Hill Road on Aug. 24. It’s unclear why officers were initially dispatched to the home.

Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Sheriff’s Office, said on Friday that the cause of Hill’s death was not yet being released. He said he could not comment on what injuries she suffered.

Hill was previously married to the late Ben Hill, a former Fairmont town manager. She operated a beauty salon out of a separate building next door to her home.

At least four people, including three Sheriff’s Office employees, became dizzy after going to the home and were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where they were decontaminated, treated and released. The substance that made them sick was not identified, and the Sheriff’s Office denied reports that it had been a chemical.

Anyone with information about Hill’s murder should call St. Pauls Crime Stoppers at 910-865-8477.

Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

Sarah Willets

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