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Co-worker reported woman's death at Raleigh group home

Posted March 28, 2009 8:22 p.m. EDT
Updated March 30, 2009 5:45 p.m. EDT

— Police are investigating a potentially suspicious death at the Dickens Drive Group Home, which cares for mentally disabled patients.

A co-worker called 911 Friday morning and reported that he found 44-year-old Rebecca Ezeoha Thompkins face-down in a bath tub and covered in blood.

"Blood is everywhere," the caller said.

Thompkins was found shortly after 6 a.m. Friday at the home, at 113 Dickens Drive, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Thompkins was a direct care worker at the home, Executive Director Curtis Bass said in a statement late Saturday.

The department’s Major Crime Task Force is leading the investigation.

"The Raleigh Police Department has indicated that this is the subject of an ongoing investigation, and we do not want to say anything that might compromise that investigation," Bass said.

No other information was available. Authorities said it may be next week before further information can be provided.

Residents around the group home said they hope they find out what happened soon.

"I just feel like with this being a neighborhood with a lot of kids around, why can't we know something? That way we don't just feel worried," Nicole Greene said.

Since the possibility of suspicious circumstances exists, anyone who might have potentially relevant information about the deceased person is asked to contact the RPD’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555.

Residents at the group home were transferred to homes of family members or other facilities and are all safe, Bass said.