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Autopsy: Missing Fayetteville woman beaten to death

Posted October 21, 2011 3:12 p.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville woman whose remains were found in Robeson County in August was beaten to death, according to an autopsy report released Friday.

Erica Cherie Gainey, 24, was 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.

Gainey's dismembered remains were found Aug. 9 inside a duffel bag in an SUV parked near Saint Pauls.

An autopsy found that Gainey suffered multiple skull fractures, broken teeth and three broken fingers on her left hand.

Robinson, 44, of Fayetteville, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the case.

A man who said he was friends with Robinson told WRAL News that Robinson approached him and asked him to help dispose of the remains. The man said Robinson told him that he had initially buried the remains but got scared and planned to move them.