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Body Found in Edgecombe County Woods

Posted March 14, 2008

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— Edgecombe County sheriff's investigators said Friday they are investigating the discovery of a body found in a wooded area off Seven Bridges Road between Whitakers and Battleboro.

The sheriff's office received a call about 1:58 p.m. from a local farmer who said he was taking down an electric fence on the property when he noticed the female body approximately 40 feet inside the wood line.

The woman appeared to be approximately 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall. Sheriff James Knight said investigators were awaiting a cause of death from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill.

Last August, authorities found the body of Jackie Nikelia Thorpe, 35, who was last seen May 8 on Carolina Avenue in Rocky Mount. But a cause of death was never determined.

Neighbors said the location where Thorpe was found was about a half-mile away from the body found Thursday.

Some are concerned the two bodies are not a coincidence.

"I would like to see them determine what has happened in this case and why this is occurring in this area," said one resident who did not want to be identified."

Knight said both cases are being treated as homicides but would not say if they were connected.

He urged anyone who lives nearby to keep an eye on the cars driving in the area and for any suspicious activity.

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  • justwondering2 Mar 14, 2008

    Justathought thanks for the clairification.

  • prayin4tr Mar 14, 2008

    This is so sad I agree this should be a feature story. Doesnt give much info about the woman other than her height.

  • Just a thought Mar 14, 2008

    oh and I forgot both are in Whitakers not Rocky Mount or Tarboro

  • Just a thought Mar 14, 2008

    The reason the story aired for those of you who have no idea of where they were found is that the bodies are only 1 block apart. The first one was found seven months ago on Seven bridges road and the 2nd found yesterday about 1/4 of a mile if that away...and how do I know ... i live right next to where they found the 1st and 2nd bodies.

  • justwondering2 Mar 14, 2008

    Okay, so a body of a woman was found in Tarboro but they don't know who she is or the cause of death and are investigating.

    Then they go on to say that another woman was found in Rocky Mount last year. Is there a connection or is WRAL just trying to fill up space?

    You beat me to it. I'm reading the story and going huhhhh??? What has one got to do with the other? I'm sure the deceased ones family is thrilled to be reminded of their tradgey for no apparent reason. Come on WRAL you can do better than that.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Mar 14, 2008

    Okay, so a body of a woman was found in Tarboro but they don't know who she is or the cause of death and are investigating.

    Then they go on to say that another woman was found in Rocky Mount last year. Is there a connection or is WRAL just trying to fill up space?

  • 25874245844 Mar 14, 2008

    "Why isn't this story a feature? Very important. Many condolences."

    Because it happened in Edgecombe County and NOT the triangle.

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Mar 14, 2008

    Why isn't this story a feature? Very important. Many condolences.