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Woman identified in Newton Grove double murder case

Posted March 12

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— A woman who was found dead beside a man inside a Johnston County home on Thursday has been identified.

Jessica Pyatte, 24, and a 30-year-old man family members identified as Matt Jones were found shot to death in Jones’ Newton Grove home at 112 Unity Drive.

Jones’ two-year-old son was also found inside the home but was unharmed, authorities said. Family members said the toddler had blood on in, apparently from his father.

The child is back with his mother, Jones' fiancée, who made the discovery.

"That's the worst part, not knowing; not knowing anything," said Jones' sister, Amy Hare. "How it happened, when it happened; why it happened."

Pyatte’s mother—who asked to be identified as “Michelle”—said she remembers the last text message she received from her daughter.

“I’ll be home soon,” she said. “And that she loved me, and then I didn’t her from her anymore.”

Michelle said Pyatte was at the home in Newton Grove because she was asked to braid someone’s hair.

“She would do anything for anybody,” she said. “She would take the shirt off her back and hand it to you in the middle off the road. She was all about helping.”

Pyatte’s mother said her daughter left behind three children—an eight-year-old and three-year-old twins.

“She was my best friend,” she said. “She was everything I had in this world—the only person I had.”

A spokesperson with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said no arrests have been made in the case.

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