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Elderly Burlington woman's body found

One month after she was reported missing in N.C.

Three hunters from the Wolf Trap community found the body of an elderly Burlington, N.C. woman who had been reported missing four weeks ago early Saturday morning in Halifax County, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark.


 Ruzie Dixon Suggs, 90, had last been seen when she dropped a friend off on Lincoln Street in Greensboro, N.C.

Burlington police had issued a silver alert for Suggs, who was driving a white 2005 Cadillac, and she had her 9-year-old poodle with her. 

Clark said around 6 a.m. on the first day of bow hunting season, several hunters found the missing car down an old farm road off Buckshoal Road in the Aaron’s Creek community.

Suggs’ dog was protecting the body found near the car, Clark said.

“She had made a little pallet for the dog to lie on,” the sheriff added.

After the hunters called the 911 Center, Halifax County sheriff’s deputies along with Virginia State Police and Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders responded to the scene in the southeastern part of the county. 

According to the sheriff, Suggs had apparently become disoriented and ended up going down the farm road where she was found. She is believed to have traveled Highway 29 North into South Boston.

“Her little dog was still alive,” Clark said, adding, Halifax County Animal Control Chief Warden Todd Moser responded to pick it up and hold for family members to retrieve. 

Suggs’ body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for an autopsy. 

Clark said authorities found no sign of any foul play involved.

After Suggs was reported missing last month, police immediately expanded their search to South Boston and Clarksville, after her cell phone records indicated calls were attempted from those areas.

Suggs had suffered from non-life threatening illnesses and mild dementia, authorities said. 

The sheriff expressed appreciation to all agencies and those in the community involved in locating Suggs.

An outdoor prayer vigil that had been scheduled in Burlington for Suggs on Sunday was cancelled following the discovery of her body.