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Rocky Mount Woman's Death Labeled Murder

Posted April 30, 2007
Updated May 1, 2007

— Rocky Mount police Monday said the death of a woman found during an apartment fire on Fletcher Drive was murder.

An autopsy whose results were made public Monday afternoon showed Ellen Sharpe, 65, died from blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation, police said.

They said it appeared someone murdered Sharpe, then set her apartment afire Friday morning to try to destroy the evidence.

Investigators said they found no signs of forced entry, making them suspect Sharpe knew her assailant or assailants and let them in.

Exactly what happened inside the apartment is still unknown, but the Sharpe’s death has many people upset and scared.

"I think the most scary thing is the yellow tape,” one neighbor said. "It’s tragic. I mean, knowing you have a killer running around out here. …”

Another neighbor saw smoke and called 911. Firefighters found Sharpe's body.

Detectives aid Monday that they had not pieced together the motive for the slaying and were looking for a suspect or suspects.

Police asked anyone with any information to call Rocky Mount CrimeStoppers at 252-977-1111.


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  • gleebschnouser May 1, 2007

    Yup, that yellow tape will strike fear in the toughest. They should use a different color.

  • godofwar1 May 1, 2007

    "I think the most scary thing is the yellow tape,” one neighbor said.

    darn that yellow tape. The fact that her neighbor was strangled and bopped over the head wasnt enough.. the yellow taped sealed the deal.. my god I am amazed of some the things my fellow Rocky Mounts say.

  • North Carolina Native May 1, 2007

    "Sleaze bags abound, preying on the young and old."

    I agree! What are they trying to do 'one up' each other? Why makes these animals think they won't ever get caught? I hope he gets Jeffery Dahmers cellmate!

  • PrayerWorks May 1, 2007

    This is a sad case, the bible says in the last days the ***LOVE*** op people will wax cold. It took a cold hearted person to do such a things as this. I am praying for the family and love ones who is left behind to cope with this loss. People are mean, and they aren't going to get any better. If people will read the bible, the will see that what it says in the last days is coming to past.

  • Notinitforthemoney May 1, 2007

    Hank, Did you say becoming Durham East? If you really took a look around you would already see that it is. It is just not portrayed in the media as much and people don't see it.

  • QT3.14 Apr 30, 2007

    Oh that poor lady. She looks like she was a bright, sweet lady. Praying for her and her family...

  • hank5049 Apr 30, 2007

    rocky mount is becoming DURHAM EAST..............

  • mayor Apr 30, 2007

    How could anyone hurt a lady with such lovely eyes and beautiful smile. Her friends and family will surely miss that sweet face - I know I would. Thoughts and prayers to them. lol

  • jim2dart Apr 30, 2007

    It's just unbelievable how some people have so little regard for another life, how could someone do this?

    God Bless this woman's soul...

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl Apr 30, 2007

    Sleaze bags abound, preying on the young and old. I hope whoever it is gets a LOT of jail time with the "general population".