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Authorities Find Body Of Missing Woman, Charge Man In Her Death

Posted October 20, 2003 12:49 p.m. EDT

— Wilson police said they have found the body of a woman missing since Oct. 13 and charged a man in her death.

The family of 21-year-old Latoya Foreman begged for information about her disappearance last week. Now, the family seeks justice.

After Foreman disappeared, Wilson police talked to her family members, co-workers and friends. The investigation led them to 23-year-old Donarico Caudle of Enfield, an aquaintance of Foreman's.

"We interviewed this individual," Det. Johnny Hendricks said. "As a result of that interview, we were able to locate Latoya Renee Foreman."

Police found Foreman's body Saturday near a cotton field on Highway 97, just east of I-95. Caudle was arrested and was being held without bond at the Wilson County jail on charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder.

A friend found Foreman's empty car Monday night, and the keys were in the ignition. Thursday, her family went before cameras to beg for information they hoped would lead to her safe return.

"If this was your daughter, you would want to know what happened to her," said Emma Jones, Foreman's aunt.

Despite the tragic outcome, Police said the public plea attracted significant leads.

"I would say 80 percent of that information helped us go in the direction we ended up going," Det. Burt Garris said.

Police would not comment about any obvious wounds to Foreman's body. They said her family was relieved to know what had happened to Foreman and was thankful police had made an arrest.

Though their interview with Caudle led them to the body, detectives would not say if that information came with a confession. They said the investigation continues.

Foreman's body is at the Nash County Medical Examiner's office, where an autopsy will be held to determine the cause of her death.

The following agencies assisted in the investigation and arrest: the Wilson Co Sheriff's Office, the Nash County Sheriff's Office, the Rocky Mount Police Department, the Enfield Police Department, the United States Marshal Service, the Greenville Police Department, Wilson County Emergency Management, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and the State Bureau of Investigation.