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Remains ID'd as missing Rocky Mount woman

Posted March 12, 2010
Updated March 13, 2010

— Police said Friday that they have identified a body found earlier this month in Halifax County as a Rocky Mount woman who had been missing for nearly four years.

In a news release Friday afternoon, Rocky Mount police Chief John Manley said the skeletal remains of Christine Marie Boone, 43, were found March 5 in a wooded area behind the former residence of Antwan Maurice Pittman.

Pittman was charged in September with first-degree murder in the death of Taraha Shenice Nicholson, another Rocky Mount woman who is among six found dead in Edgecombe County over the past several years.

Edgecombe slain women Remains ID'd as missing Rocky Mount woman

Boone was one of three missing women who fit a similar profile of those six – each was black, had a history of drug use, prostitution or both, and family members and friends said many knew each other.

A special task force of local, state and federal authorities is looking for possible links among the cases. The last time authorities spoke of the investigation was in September, when they charged Pittman in Nicholson's death.

A family member reported Boone missing to Rocky Mount police on Jan. 16, 2007 and was last seen Aug. 25, 2006.

Rocky Mount police said her remains were found in a wooded area behind 98 Nasturtium Lane in Scotland Neck, the residence they say Pittman lived in 2006. A vacant mobile home currently sits on the property.

"We want the public to know that while this case is complex and ongoing, law enforcement is working diligently to resolve this matter," Manley said.

It is unclear, still, how Boone died.

"My sister was a very loving and caring person who got caught up with the wrong crowd," Boone's sister, Minnie Jones, of Knightdale, said Friday afternoon.

Boone leaves behind three children and seven grandchildren.




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  • airbornemonty Mar 12, 2010

    Since Pittman is known to be a murderer and the woman's body was found around his property, it seems to me that the property should be top priority and thoroughly searched. Who knows, there just might be more cadavers there.

  • Scubagirl Mar 12, 2010

    Unfortunate she wasn't found alive, but at least now her family can get some closure.....RIP.
    Even if people live on the edge of society, they don't deserve to die in horrible (possibly) ways.

  • r u crazy too Mar 12, 2010

    It took "so long" because all of these women lived on the "edge" of society and did not trust law enforcement and wanted as little to do with law enforcement as possible. Their own families did not see them for long periods of time and that's how they wanted it.

  • Eduardo1 Mar 12, 2010

    Well, of course it is a sad situation, but now the family can bury her remains and find some form of closure

  • PC is for Losers Mar 12, 2010

    Because that's how long it took.

  • Weetie Mar 12, 2010

    A family member reported Boone missing to Rocky Mount police on Jan. 16, 2007 and was last seen Aug. 25, 2006.

    Why so long?

  • working for deadbeats Mar 12, 2010

    I'm glad the family will at least get some kind of closure. I'm sure it was torture to not know where she was.