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Couple seen arguing before woman's disappearance

A Tarboro woman found dead inside her home last week was seen arguing with her boyfriend the day before she was reported missing, according to a witness.

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TARBORO, N.C. — A 22-year-old woman found dead inside a Tarboro home last week was seen arguing with her boyfriend the day before she was reported missing, according to a man who says he saw the confrontation.

Ashley Robinson is an active member of the church next door to the house Aimee Lynn Pitt shared with her boyfriend, Ben Harrelson, at 1209 Newsome St.

“Him and her were under the car port arguing when we came out of church that Sunday night,” Robinson said Monday. “They were just going at it, and it was heated.”

Tarboro police found Pitt’s body at the home last Wednesday. Her father reported her missing Jan. 3.

According to search warrants, investigators interviewed Harrelson twice after Pitt disappeared. He told them that he last saw her on Dec. 30 after the two had a fight.

Harrelson told police that he went to bed, but Pitt stayed up, and she wasn't at home when he woke up the next morning.

Investigators searched the couple’s home at least once before discovering Pitt. It still isn’t exactly clear where she was found or how she died.

“It’s kind of a big shock,” said Robinson, who said he had gotten to know Pitt and her boyfriend from his work at the church. “I would hate to think she was in the house the whole time.”

Police haven’t filed charges in the case, and on Monday, they issued a statement saying "no further investigative details are being released in order to protect the integrity of further investigation."

They are also being very guarded about where Harrelson is. According to search warrants, he was hospitalized after a high-speed wreck in Halifax County on Jan. 8, the day after his second interview with police.

Investigators seized several items from the couple’s home, including two handwritten notes, a closet rod and two red stains from the kitchen floor, according to search warrants.


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