Remains identified as Kristen Ashley Bennett

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CARTERET COUNTY — On 07/17/2019, Carteret County detectives attended the autopsy of the body recovered from property of Trey Branche’s family at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Late Wednesday afternoon Vidant doctors and a team of pathologists were able to positively identify the remains as Kristen Bennett through dental records.

The manner of death has been officially ruled a homicide as the result of a gunshot wound to the head. A small caliber bullet was recovered at the autopsy.


The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s office has been in continual contact with Kristen’s mother and father and our thoughts and prayers are with the family through this difficult time. At the writing of this release funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

This homicide remains open and no further information can be released as detectives continue to investigate this case.