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March 31, 2004

Americus-- A suspicious death in Sumter County. Sumter County Sheriff Robert Ingle says, "Had it been a natural death, everything should have been intact at her residence."

Investigators say it's likely the former health care worker was murdered.

57-year-old Vivian Wright had just left her job at Sumter County Regional Hospital. She was planning to move to Louisiana to be near her daughter. Sadly, those dreams have ended.

Tuesday evening, coworkers discovered Wright's body inside her home on U.S. 19 near the Schley County line. Investigators are fairly certain Wright was murdered.

Crime tape marks off 57-year-old Vivian Wright's home--the scene of what might be a murder, "Some coworkers of Mrs. Vivian Wright had missed her at work and had gone to her residence to take her paycheck."

Inside her home, the coworkers discovered Wright dead. They immediately notified the Sheriff's Office, "There was some blood in the area of the victim and apparently the house had been searched and her vehicle is missing."

If this newest case is ruled a homicide, this will be third murder of a Sumter County woman this year alone. Commander Johnny King of the Americus Police Department says, "As far as murders, in this town and in this county, it is very, very unusual."

Americus investigators are looking for clues in the strangulation of 26-year-old Brenda Westbrook. She was discovered inside an abandoned home March 9th.

Two weeks before that, 29-year-old Priscilla Clark of Americus, was also strangled. Her body was discovered in Bibb County. King says, "Our last homicide was April 30, 2002. Until this most recent one, that was the last one we had."

Sumter County investigators do not think this latest death, if it is ruled a homicide, is related to the murders of Westbrook and Clark.

Americus investigators have not ruled out that the murders of Brenda Westbrook and Priscilla Clark are related.

The Sheriff's investigators are waiting on autopsy results before officially ruling Vivian Wright's death a homicide.

Posted at 3:55 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com