Local M.O.M. group reacts to body discovery

Mom's dedicated to finding two women still missing; react to skeletal remains found in Edgecombe County

March 29, 2010 4:10:34 AM PDT
Skeletal remains were found Saturday in an area where several other bodies have been discovered. It's not clear if the latest find is connected to a rash of murders in Edgecombe County, but it does have similarities to the other crimes.

Those who are close to the case were vocal about their dismay, Sunday night.

When the group Missing or Murdered Sisters heard about the latest discovery, they were anxious, wondering who the person might be.

The group of women also wondered if the remains belonged to one of two women still missing - or if they were part of a string of murders in Edgecombe County.

"I got the call and I went down there," Mom Patricia Martin said. "All the people were going."

Martin says she found out about the discovery hours after sheriff's deputies recovered skeletal remains in a wooded area off Seven Bridges Road.

Police say people who were four-wheeling found remains about 20 yards into the woods.

It's the same area where several other bodies were found and may be part of a rash of murders involving women of similar description and background.

Martin is part of the group MOMS. It was started after the rash of murders and is dedicated to finding two women still missing.

They don't know whose remains were found.

"Hopefully there will be closure to one of the family members and we're just puzzled about exactly what's going on right now," Martin said.

The bodies' of six women have already been found.

The bodies of Taraha Nicholson, Jarneice Hargrove, Jackie Thorpe, Melody Wiggins and Ernestine battle were all found nearby in Edgecombe County.

Christine Boone was found recently in Scotland neck near the former home of Antwon Pittman.

He has been charged with murdering one of the women but a search warrant says there is now probable cause to believe Pittman is responsible for killing possibly five women altogether.

The Edgecombe County sheriff says the families of missing people in Rocky Mount have been notified of the latest find.

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