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Woman found dead in home
Woman had survived vehicle fire last month
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A woman, who, along with her four children, survived a vehicle fire Sept. 9, was found dead Wednesday in her Hinesville home, Hinesville Police Det. Kyle Lairamore said.

The incident is under investigation and there are very few details at this time regarding Jessica White-DePriest’s death, Lairamore said.

She was discovered when a relative went to visit DePriest and her children. Lairamore said the relative knocked on the door. When she received no reply she used a spare key to enter the home and discovered the body.

DePriest was 24.

Just one month ago, the family was hailed as lucky after DePriest, assisted by North Carolina State Trooper Alan Humphrey, pulled her 18-month-old triplets and 2-year-old son out of their minivan minutes before the gas tank exploded.

DePreist was on her way back to Hinesville after visiting her parents in Dunn, N.C.

The incident garnered national attention and the family’s story was featured on Good morning America.

Lairamore said DePriest’s husband, SPC Patrick DePriest, is deployed to Iraq, but he has been notified and will return home as soon as possible.

The children are staying with their grandmother, Ingrid Carr, who also lives in Hinesville.

Lairamore said officials don’t suspect foul play and will wait for autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

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