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54-year-old Albert Bedford of Midway Park, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with murder in the disappearance and death of 43-year-old Vickie Lewis.
Lewis was reported missing on Thanksgiving Day and her body was subsequently found in a shallow grave on property belonging to relatives of Bedford.
It’s not yet known (to me anyway) what relationship if any that Lewis and Bedford had beyond a professional one. Vickie Lewis worked as a cook at Camp LeJeune and at one point she worked with Albert Bedford.
This wasn’t the first run-in that Lewis had with Bedford. Their last encounter had bordered on the violent as well. Back on November 8th warrants were drawn up for Misdemeanor Larceny and Communicating Threats. According to the police report I saw Bedford stole her car keys and threatened her life. Actually he pulled a knife on Lewis and said “bitch, I have something for you”. A court appearance was scheduled for December 30th on the charges. The court date is somewhat moot now that her body has been found and he’s sitting in the Onslow County Jail with no bond


It’s not yet known exactly how Lewis was killed. She did have head injuries but due to decomposition they have sent her body to Chapel Hill for an autopsy.  

Police started taking a closer look at Bedford after she had been missing for a week and served him with search warrants. When they searched his 2001 Ford Econoline Van they found evidence of someone being seriously injured or killed in the van according to a statement from the Sheriff’s department. They also think that Vickie Lewis was killed on the 24th, a few days prior to Thanksgiving.
Albert Bedford has his first court appearance on December 31st and is being assigned a public defender to handle his case.
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