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Properties searched in case of missing Wilmington women

Posted July 17, 2008 8:31 p.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2008 11:17 p.m. EDT

— Police searched a home, car and storage unit on Thursday in connection with the discovery of skeletal remains that investigators believe might belong to two missing women.

The properties in the Monkey Junction area that were searched belong to Timothy Craig Iannone, 47. He was sentenced in November 2007 to 36 months' probation after pleading guilty to committing crimes against nature with a prostitute.

Court documents related to a search warrant show that police interviewed four current or former prostitutes about Iannone.

One said that she had sex with him in an area along Carolina Beach Road, where the human skeletal remains were found on April 26.

Iannone acted violently toward them, claimed two other prostitutes, including the one with whom Iannone was convicted of crimes against nature. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after being accused of kidnapping the prostitute and raping her at knifepoint.

Investigators believe that the remains might be those of Alison Jackson-Foy, 34, and Angela Nobles Rothen, 42. Police are awaiting DNA tests on the remains.

Jackson-Foy disappeared July 30, 2006, after last being seen at Junction Billiards Sports Bar at 5216 Carolina Beach Road. Rothen went missing on June 10, 2007, under similar circumstances.

At first, police refused to connect the disappearances, but after two sets of female remains were found in the same area, investigators said they are confident one person killed both women.

Iannone has not been charged or named a suspect in the disappearance of either woman.

Earlier this summer, police released a composite sketch of a man they want to question about the skeletal remains. Witnesses said they saw the man several times in the area where the remains were found.

WRAL News could not confirm if Iannone matches the sketch because officials said his mug shot was no longer in New Hanover County's computer system.