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Search warrant released in death of group home worker

Posted April 2, 2009

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— A search warrant released Thursday listed the death of a direct-care worker at the Dickens Drive Group Home as a possible murder.

The warrant says that Rebecca Ezeoha Thompkins, 44, had a laceration on the left side of her face when a co-worker found her early Friday, March 27, in the home for mentally disabled patients. Another counselor and six residents were present at that time.

The warrant allowed police to search the home at 113 Dickens Drive and a Volvo 940 and Chevrolet van belonging to Thompkins' boyfriend. Investigators were authorized to obtain blood and other physical samples from the counselor, six residents and her boyfriend.

Investigators took blood samples from the home, bedding from residents' bedroom, the victim's shoes and cell phone, and clothing from the residents, co-worker and boyfriend. They also seized tire tools, candle holders, an ink pen and caulking tool.

Additionally, officers found credit cards belonging to Thompkins' in her boyfriend's car.

The co-worker who called 911 said that Thompkins was face-down in a bath tub and covered in blood when he found her.

Residents at the group home were all safe and have since been transferred to homes of family members or other facilities.

Raleigh Police have not commented on a motive or any suspects in the case.


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