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Autopsy: Tarboro woman hanged

Posted January 26, 2011

— A woman found dead inside a Tarboro home last week was hanged, but a medical examiner hasn't determined whether she was killed or committed suicide.

The body of Aimee Lynn Pitt, 22, was found on Jan. 19 inside the home she shared with her boyfriend, at 1209 Newsome St. Her father had reported her missing two weeks earlier.

According to search warrants, investigators interviewed her boyfriend, Ben Harrelson, twice after Pitt disappeared.

Harrelson told them that he last saw Pitt on Dec. 30 after the two had a fight. He said that he went to bed that night, but Pitt stayed up, and she wasn't at home when he woke up the next morning.

A witness said he saw Pitt and Harrelson arguing outside the house on Jan. 2.

Investigators searched the couple’s home at least once before discovering Pitt. Police haven't disclosed where she was found in the house.

Harrelson was involved in a single-vehicle wreck in Halifax County on Jan. 8, the day after his second interview with police. Police haven't said whether he remains hospitalized.

Investigators seized several items from the couple’s home, including two handwritten notes, a closet rod and two red stains from the kitchen floor, according to search warrants.


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  • GOPACK80 Jan 28, 2011

    Sounds like she may have been strangled to death (hands or ligature), then 'hung' in the closet to make it appear it was suicide.
    After 3 weeks of decomposition, the medical examiner would have a hard time determining if she was dead before the hanging.

  • jusmyopnyun Jan 27, 2011

    I hope they continue to investigate this death.I don't beleive this was a suicide for one minute.Hanging isn't a common choice for young females,and certainly not in a closet if that was reported.Just very unlikely,along with conflicting info from the last person to have seen her.

  • shortcake53 Jan 27, 2011

    I cant imagine how I would deal with the fact that someone had hung themselves in a closet in my home and I didnt know they were there.

  • 1 awesome Dad Jan 27, 2011

    Please if you know someone depressed offer them hope or encouragement. People whack themselves and so many times whatever the situation is always has a solution. Be aware of folks. This should not have happened.

  • 1 awesome Dad Jan 27, 2011

    I dont think a murderer would hang his victim in the residence. Maybe out in the yard or the barn. I say she whacked herself in the closet and did it with a rope.

    This girl needed help and didnt get it and whacked herself and it is so important the loved ones step in and offer encouragemnent or they will whack themselves when the bottom of the barrel is there and no way up.

  • wildcat Jan 27, 2011

    The police and detectives need to take a serious look at the boy friend again. Would not hurt too.

  • RM24 Jan 27, 2011

    This is so much like the Baker story. How can there not be enough to charge these people?

    Well the answer to this question could be quite simple. If the person did nothing wrong then how would their be any reason to charge them?

  • cariannestanley Jan 27, 2011

    I can't imagine someone hanging themselves over a boyfriend, but I am sure it has been done before. Who knows. We don't know what happened and won't until the facts are all out.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Jan 27, 2011

    dwr1964 -- If you are referring to the Zahra Baker story, then you have a screw loose. This story is not anything like her story. I wouldn't accuse him of anything until the autopsy results come back with FACTS supporting whether it was a murder or a suicide. Sure, they may have been fighting, but she may have been really unhappy about her life or their relationship. Not that it's an excuse to committ suidice, but you never know what is going on inside another person's head.

    With that being said, may she rest in peace.

  • 4DukeTillDeath Jan 27, 2011

    Whats so incredible about it? How about wait until actual facts come out before we label this kid a murderer because there are alot of conflicting reports out there.