FIRST ON WITN: Arrest Made In Bertie County Murder

An arrest has been made in the death of a 19-year-old Berite County teen.

Sheriff Greg Atkins says Kendall Riddick, a cousin of the victim, was arrested at his home. The 26-year-old man is charged with first degree murder.

Jessica Riddick was found last Thursday evening outside her wrecked vehicle. The sheriff says she had been stabbed twice in the stomach.

Deputies say they recovered the murder weapon, a kitchen knife, in a ditch near the murder scene.

The suspect is being held at the Bertie Martin Regional Jail under no bond.

Stay with witn.com and WITN News for more on this developing story.

Monday's Update

A suspicious death in Bertie County is now a homicide case.

Sheriff Greg Atkins tells WITN News that investigators believe Jessica Riddick died as the result of two stab wounds to the stomach.

The 19-year-old was found sitting near her wrecked car in a wooded area off Jeff White Road last Thursday night. It appears her car went through a trailer park and into a soy bean field before going into the woods.

The sheriff says they do have a suspect in the murder, but they are not yet in custody.

Original Story

Bertie County deputies are investigating a suspicious death.

Sheriff Greg Atkins tells WITN News that they found the dead teenager's body last night in Merry Hill.

Atkins says the body of Jessica Riddick was found sitting near her wrecked car in a wooded area off Jeff White Road.

The sheriff says, based on the tracks left, that her car went through a trailer park and into a soy bean field before going into the woods.

Right now the sheriff says the 19-year-old's death is being listed as suspicious and an autopsy is being performed on Riddick's body to determine exactly how she died.


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