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Friend shares memories of woman found dead in backyard

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With a heavy heart and tears in her eyes, Judy Edmond remembers her friend Emma Carter.

"She was friendly and a very caring person," she said. "It's just been a bad day for me."

The reality of losing her friend is slowly setting in. It was Thursday afternoon when Huntsville police were called to Oakdale Terrace for a death investigation. They said a woman had been found in her backyard. 

"When they said a lady found on Oakdale I thought 'oh, no.' I had a feeling it might be Emma," she said. "I saw it on the news. I was just devastated because I knew and I just kept saying 'oh, no, oh, no."

Edmond said she and Carter met at church seven years ago. She would come to Sunday service with her two children, a brother and sister Carter adopted as infants and raised as her own.

"Knowing their background and knowing their mother's background, you could say she was very caring," Edmond said. "I just know how much she cared and she tried to help these children."

Investigators spent hours on the scene Thursday digging for clues in Carter's death. Edmond hopes for answers soon and said she will miss the good church-going friend whose life was cut too short.  

"It's just devastation because I just keep thinking what else I could have done to help her," she said. "I don't know if I could have prevented it or what."

Officials with the coroner's office said a cause of death for Carter is inconclusive. They said the manner and cause of death is pending further investigation.

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