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Authorities confirm remains were missing Fayetteville woman

Posted August 11, 2011 12:16 p.m. EDT

— A medical examiner has confirmed that remains found Tuesday in Robeson County were those of a Fayetteville woman who had been missing since June, police said Thursday.

Erica Cherie Gainey, 24, was last seen June 28 leaving her home with Terry Dale Robinson Jr., police said. Investigators said Robinson was driving Gainey's Hyundai Elantra when he was spotted buying bleach and mothballs at a Family Dollar store in Harrells about seven hours later.

Robinson, 44, of Fayetteville, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.

A man who says he was friends with Robinson told WRAL News that Robinson approached him last weekend and asked him to help dispose of the remains.

The man, who didn't want to be identified, said Robinson told him that he had initially buried the remains but got scared. The man didn't believe Robinson, he said, until Robinson opened an SUV and he saw dismembered remains in a duffel bag.

Investigators found the remains inside an SUV parked behind a community building near Saint Pauls.

Police said Thursday that they were collecting evidence in Pender County, where the remains were for a time before being moved.