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Rocky Mount advertises reward in case of missing, murdered women

Posted October 9, 2009
Updated October 12, 2009

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— Rocky Mount police on Friday published a flier advertising the $20,000 reward offered for information related to the deaths of six women in Edgecombe County over the past four years.

Authorities are leading a task force of local, state and FBI investigators looking at connections in the cases of six black women found dead in a rural area of the county.

Since 2005, authorities have recovered the remains of Jarniece Latonya Hargrove, 31, Taraha Shenice Nicholson, 28, Melody LaShae Wiggins, 29, Ernestine Battle, 50, and Jackie Nikelia Thorpe, 35. A sixth body, found in February, has yet to be identified.

Three other women with similar descriptions and backgrounds are missing from Rocky Mount. They are: Christine Marie Boone, Renee Joyce Durham and Yolanda Renee Lancaster.

The Kefalas Pinto Foundation has offered a $10,000 reward in the case. Rocky Mount City Council and Edgecombe County commissioners agreed to match that amount, putting up $5,000 each to bring the reward total to $20,000, for information that directly leads to an arrest and conviction or leads to the discovery of the missing women, Mayor David W. Combs said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.

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