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Arrest made in death of Lenoir woman

Police have arrested and charged a suspect in the Feb. 1 murder of 39-year-old Hope Marie Story Webb, who was found dead in the parking lot of a Lenoir apartment complex.

Police on Wednesday charged Ashley Allison Stewart, 27, of Lenoir with murder. She was arrested at her home without incident and jailed without bond.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 1, a 911 caller reported that a female was unresponsive at the Creekway Apartments. Arriving officers found Webb dead in the parking lot.

Police aren’t saying what they believe led to the killing or how Webb died.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

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