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Raleigh police seek email records in murder probe

Posted August 19, 2011 1:06 p.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2011 4:26 p.m. EDT

— New search warrants issued July 28 and made public Thursday show that Raleigh police are looking at the email records of both a Kinston woman found dead in Texas last month and her former boyfriend.

Investigators specifically want to know if Laura Jean Ackerson shared with anyone any concerns or fears about Grant Hayes and whether he has any information in his email account about Ackerson's death.

The 27-year-old's dismembered remains were discovered about 60 miles south of Houston, Texas, last month. Grant Hayes, 32, and his wife, Amanda Hayes, 39, are in the Wake County jail on charges of first-degree murder.

Investigators also asked in July 26 warrants for access to three of Amanda Hayes' credit card accounts between July 1 and July 25 so they can see what purchases she made and where she made them.

Raleigh police investigators haven't offered details about the case, but Texas authorities say they believe the Hayes killed Ackerson, cut up her body and carried it in coolers to Richmond, Texas, where the remains were found in a creek near the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.

Ackerson's relatives have said she was involved in a contentious child custody dispute with Grant Hayes over their two children.

Police, however, have not offered a motive, only referencing the custody dispute in search warrants.

Investigators have already searched the Hayeses' Raleigh apartment, where they collected several items, including carpet and padding, showerheads, bedding, a vacuum and a computer, among other items.