The local news this morning said this was the third incident like this in NC this year. They said apparently it is a trend coming from Japan.
Woman found dead in Oxford with toxic chemicals nearby
Posted: 6:15 a.m. today
Updated: 49 minutes ago
OXFORD, N.C. - HAZMAT crews responded to 107 Hazelwood Court Sunday night, and authorities evacuated nearby homes, after family members found a woman's body in a car with toxic chemicals on a seat near her.
Authorities responded to the address at about 10 p.m., found the car parked behind the house and saw a chemical mixture on the seat near the body of Phillita Harris, 35, according to Oxford Police Chief John Wolford.
The chemicals appeared to be a mixture of household items. Harris lived at the house with her son, who was not home at the time, police said.
The woman in the vehicle does not appear to have suffered any external wounds and at this time, the police investigation is simply being dubbed a death investigation," Wolford said.
Officers secured the scene and called for the Oxford Fire Department to investigate for hazardous material identification. The Raleigh Hazardous Materials Team was called for assistance.
"One of the Granville County sheriff's deputies felt some burning or discomfort in his throat and was transported to Granville Medical Center to be checked out," Wolford said.
HAZMAT officials at the scene said they responded to a similar scene less than a month ago in Cary where a man killed himself in his car using a toxic mix of chemicals.
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Michele L. Wallace
Associate Director, Textile Chemistry and Finishing Research, NRCC-CHO