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Death investigation underway in Waynesville

Love Poteat (Photo credit: Diane Messer)

A death investigation is underway after Waynesville Police say a local woman was found dead in "suspicious circumstances" on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Police say they were called to Kerley Street Tuesday morning, just after 10:45 a.m.

There, officers found Huellen Love Poteat, 53, deceased in a bedroom at the residence.

"She always saw good in people. She never saw any wrong on people," Diane Messer said of her friend.

A routine death investigation led Investigators to discover suspicious circumstances, requiring additional investigation.

"Love did not deserve what happened to her, and we hope that justice will be served -- the full measure of justice," Messer said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 28, to determine a manner and cause of death.

"I don’t know what happened, but I hope that ... I hope that we find out, and I hope that we know soon," Messer said.

Anyone with information in regards to this criminal investigation is encouraged to contact the Waynesville Police Department at (828) 456-5363.

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