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Friends, Family Want Answers In Murder Of Louisburg Woman

Posted December 19, 2003

— Police have made little progress in the search for the person who killed a Spring Hope woman. Yolanda Barfield disappeared after leaving work. The next morning, she was found dead in her car. Her family worries that not enough is being done to catch her killer.

Barfield's death remains a mystery. Police found her strangled inside her car in a parking lot. Her funeral was last week.

"It was really rough on me," said Jerlene Carroll, Barfield's mother.

Carroll said the loving mother of three had no enemies. Friends and family do not know why anyone would kill her. They are frustrated that investigators still do not know either.

"It's very heart-breaking for the case to be at a standstill like that," Carroll said.

Family and friends said police are not even discussing any possible leads.

"We haven't been getting anything from them at all," Carroll said.

Kay Tyree, Barfield's friend, said family and friends want justice and want to make sure their community is safe.

"Anybody who was touched by Yolanda, to be honest, is really scared right now because there seemed to be no apparent motive for this to be done," he said.

"It could happen to someone else. I'm pretty sure if it happened to her and if they get away with it, it will happen again," Carroll said.

Spring Hope police said Barfield's murder is its top priority. Authorities recently sent several pieces of evidence to the State Bureau of Investigation lab for testing and they are waiting on those results.

Carroll hopes that evidence will bring an arrest, so her family can begin healing.

"It's very important to me because that was my only child and that was all I had," she said.

Anyone with information on Barfield's murder is asked to call the Spring Hope Police Department.


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