Fundraiser to help murder cases

EDGECOMBE COUNTY Since 2005, six women from Rocky Mount have been murdered and three are still missing.

Juray Tucker's daughter, Yolanda Lancaster, has been missing since last February.

"I have her two children and I just want her to come home," Lancaster said.

The group Murdered or Missing Sisters has been working to raise money to hire a search team to find the women.

Stephanie Jones and her group of volunteers sold chicken and cupcakes at a local park on Saturday. She said they are hoping to raise whatever money they can to help crack the string of murders.

Jones also said they wanted to keep billboards up around town to raise awareness of the murders, but it will take more money.

"Right now we're getting a discount, but when next month comes I don't know what it's going to be and the billboards in Raleigh are more, like $2,000," Jones said.

But she said they are doing as many fundraisers as it takes.

"We had a motorcycle ride last Sunday, which we raised $255," Jones said.

The group has gotten help from several local businesses too.

Allegra Printing has printed fliers and artwork for free and a local car dealer, Quality Used Cars, has donated money and the use of their lot for the next fundraiser.

Police have also formed a task force dedicated to the cases.

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