Yes. TEN. Since 2005, in a small town of 60,000 people, ten black women have gone missing. Nine of those ten bodies or remains have been found in or near the same area: Melody Wiggins, Jackie Nikelia Thorpe, Taraha Nicholson, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, Denise Williams, Ernestine Battle, Jarniece Lotonya Hargrove, Christine Marie Boone and Yolanda Renee Lancaster. Some of the bodies were so badly decomposed; authorities could not tell how they died. One had a piece of her throat missing authorities believe was carried away by animals in the woods where her remains were found.
It’s almost common knowledge that two bodies being found in the same area with similar circumstances would raise a red flag that there is a POSSIBILITY they are linked. But even after the 6th body or the 7th and Antwan Maurice Pittman being charged with the murder of Taraha Shenice Nicholson and a suspect of four more, police STILL have not officially linked all the murders and disappearances.
Joyce Renee Durham, 46 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at the 1500 block of Harper Street at 2:30 p.m. on June 17, 2007. Joyce is 5’2, 118 pounds and has dark brown skin. She is the only one of the Rocky Mount 10 whose remains still have not been found.
Antwan Pittman was sentenced to life in prison for the death of Taraha Nicholson. All remaining 9 cases are still unsolved. If you have any information please contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252.972.1411
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