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Less than 400 yards from where the body of Valerie Burns was found in her burning car lived the man detectives have charged with her murder.
Sheriff’s detectives arrested Carl Henry Alston, 35, on Thursday, Sept. 4, and charged him with murder. While in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond Friday, Sept. 5, detectives charged Alston with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.
Burns, 49, of Bluff Drive in Leland, was last seen early on the morning of July 30 leaving downtown Wilmington.
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