Body found on I-85 exit ramp identified; suspected killer arrested hours later for different crime

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Woman found dead near I-85 exit-ramp, Vance County deputies say
A death investigation is underway in Vance County after a woman was found dead near an I-85 exit ramp Thursday afternoon.

VANCE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- The woman found dead on the side of the interstate in Vance County was shot multiple times, according to the Vance County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the northbound exit and on-ramp near Exit 220 (US-1) around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. At the scene they found a woman's body with multiple wounds.

Investigators later identified the woman as Cierra Jackson of Richmond, Virginia.

A man matching the description of a suspect and vehicle involved in Jackson's death was arrested in Dinwiddie, Virginia, hours after Jackson's body was found.

That man is Tikeise Kenshaun Johnson, 20. Johnson is being held in Dinwiddie without bond.

According to the Richmond ABC affiliate, Johnson's Virginia arrest was related to a robbery of a convenience store. Investigators said Johnson injured a K-9 officer and committed indecent exposure during that crime. He is also wanted on criminal charges out of Richmond for stealing a firearm.

Vance County Sheriff's Office said Johnson will eventually be charged with first-degree murder in Vance County.