UPDATE: Man arrested on homicide charges after fatal mobile home fire in Ayden

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The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said the woman found dead inside a mobile home was murdered before the fire occurred Monday on West Hanrahan Road. 

Sheriff Neil Elks said Nathan Boseman, 20, was arrested Friday morning.

Boseman was charged with murder but he could face other charges such as animal cruelty and arson.

Deputies said the victim was identified as Violet L. Webb, 66, and died by blunt trauma to the head.

Investigation along with the help from neighbors and family led to Boseman arrest.

“This is very fresh and it’s disturbing the facts, looking at the overall pictures of the crime scene and knowing what we know is very disturbing to anybody much less a neighbor who would kill somebody in the way that they killed this person,” said Elks.

Boseman was sent to the Pitt County Detention Center without bond.

Deputies are still investigating the case.

“We still got investigators working at the scenes we have approximately 15 investigators assigned to this case,” said Elks. “Often as we do we assign all our investigators to work on a homicide to do just as this case did. Bring great results and arrests in a timely matter.”


The Ayden fire department has confirmed that a woman died in a Monday afternoon mobile home fire.

Neighbors tell Nine On Your Side the woman was elderly and had several house pets.

Fire officials confirm three dogs and a cat were also found dead on site.

The trailer is located on Snohan Road and West Hanrahan Road. 

First responders were called to the scene at 4:15 Monday afternoon.

Investigators are still piecing together what started the fire.

This story will be updated as more information is available. 

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