Cause of death unclear in Halifax death

Sheriff's deputies received tip regarding possible remains

October 6, 2010 11:05:38 AM PDT
The medical examiner's office says it cannot determine how a woman whose skeletal remains were found in Halifax County died.

Christine Boone, 43, was found near a mobile home in Scotland Neck, Halifax County in March.

An autopsy report released Wednesday says her remains were scattered by animals and no tissue was found. It does mention a possible cut mark on a rib bone.

Boone is one of several women from Rocky Mount who have been found dead in the past several years.

The mobile home near where Boone was found was once the residence of Antwon Pittman – who has been charged in the death of one woman – but not Boone.

Pittman is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Taraha Nicholson. Her body was discovered in March, 2009 near Marriot Farm Road a few miles north of Rocky Mount. The medical examiner said she'd most likely been strangled.

Documents in the case said DNA taken from Nicholson's body matched Pittman.

Latest body identified

March 31, Rocky Mount police said skeletal remains found March 27 were identified as 40-year-old Roberta Williams. People riding four wheelers off Seven Bridges Road found Williams about 20 yards inside a tree line.

Williams was last seen in the spring of 2008 by a family member in Rocky Mount. She was never reported missing because she was considered to be a homeless person.

In addition to Nicholson, Williams, and Boone, the bodies of Ernestine Battle, 50, Jarniece Hargrove, 31, Jackie Thorpe, 35, Melody Wiggins, 29, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, 33, and Denise M. Williams, 21, have all been discovered dumped in wooded areas. Investigators said most of the women had a history of drug abuse and prostitution - which likely made them more vulnerable.

Possible Pittman connection

The search warrant filed by investigators this month also said a NC Highway Patrol trooper found Pittman asleep in a car on the day Jarniece Hargrove disappeared. The car was parked about 200 yards away from where her body was discovered about a month later.

Pittman has a criminal record. According to the North Carolina sex offender registry, he was convicted in 1994 of taking indecent liberties with a 2-year-old. He was released from prison in April 1997. He was also once charged with loitering for prostitution.

Pittman’s attorney says he’s not guilty of any killings.


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