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Pittsboro man's death likely from exposure

Posted Saturday, July 9, 2005

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Pittsboro - A man with Alzheimer's disease whose body was found in January in the woods near his home likely died of exposure, the state medical examiner's office has determined.

In October, Willie "Bill" Headen, 71, walked into the woods off Jack Alston Road and disappeared. After several searches, a 40-member team found his body about 500 yards from his home.

In a March 15 autopsy report released this week, the medical examiner's office said Headen's exact cause of death could not be determined but that the probable cause was exposure. No evidence of foul play was found.

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