Residents Want Answers In Deaths Of 6 Women, 3 Others Are Missing

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Some people in Rocky Mount, N.C., are upset with the slow pace of investigation concerning the deaths of six women and the disappearance of three others.

Nine women have disappeared in the Rocky Mount area since 2005.

Six bodies have been found. The other three women remain missing.

State and local police set up a task force in June, after the body of 31-year-old Jarneice Hargrove was found behind a burned-out house.

The FBI joined the investigation last month.

Police have not said if they suspect a serial killer.

Sheriff James Knight says he can't talk about the investigation.

But Stephanie Jones, a nursing student, says she thinks the cases are a low priority because many of the victims were prostitutes.

She's set up an organization to raise money to publicize the slayings.

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  • by NC LawDawg Location: Eastern NC on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    Here's something for the critics of the investigation to ponder. Crackheads and hookers are fairly hard to keep track of. Their families never know where they are and by the nature of their profession they are always getting into cars with strangers. It probably took these families weeks to realize that their "loved ones" were even missing.
  • by Ret. Cop Location: Beaufort Co. on Aug 15, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    The locals have every right to be mad, they have a possible serial killer in their area. At any one time their are at least 5 operating in this state.
  • by if on Aug 15, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    I wonder how many posts there would be if this was in Greenville...goes to show it doesn't matter what the crime is, something else must be the important factor causing the posts.
  • by C on Aug 15, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    I can understand that folks want this sorry piece of vermin caught, but these things just take time. Serial killers historically don't make it easy to catch them.

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