ONE YEAR LATER: Police Believe Woman Committed Suicide

It's been one year since a local woman was last seen alive, and now police investigating her death feel she committed suicide.

Aimee Pitt of Tarboro was last seen December 30th, 2010. For weeks her family and friends searched Edgecombe County looking the 22-year-old woman, who was ultimately found hanging in a closet in her home on January 19th.

Tarboro police say they are still waiting on evidence found in the closet to come back from the SBI lab for DNA testing, but they feel Pitt's death was a suicide. Lt. Keith Hale tells WITN News they don't believe those test results will change the outcome of their investigation.

When asked why it took them three weeks to find her body in the closet, Hale explained Pitt's boyfriend, Ben Harrelson, reported the woman missing on January 3rd. On January 7th he said police were given consent to do a "walk through" of their home, meaning they were allowed to walk through the common areas of the home and if they spotted anything suspicious they were allowed to look further. Nothing suspicious was seen, according to Hale.

The lieutenant says after exhausting all leads, they decided to do a more detailed search of her home on January 19th and that's when they found her body in the closet.

In January, the Medical Examiner said the woman died from hanging and in June her autopsy said there were traces of cocaine and ethanol in her system.

Hale says Harrelson is no longer a person of interest in the case. A day after Pitt was reported missing, Harrelson was involved in a high speed crash on Highway 258 near Scotland Neck. The man spent two weeks in the hospital and a social media profile says Harrelson now lives in Virginia.

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  • by ?~?~?~? on Jan 3, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Aimee is now a beautiful angel who is in a much better place that we all can pray that we will end up, when its our turn to leave this earth. Nobody deserves to go through anything like this. My heart still breaks and her family are in my thoughts everyday. Rest In Peace my sweet angel, fly high above us all. Love and miss you more each and everyday!!
  • by ??? on Jan 1, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    Too many unanswered questions, some things still don't fit. Hanging is really not a sure fire way to say somebody to committed suicide.Just say,if you are passed out drunk,it would not be that hard for someone to drag you to a closet and put something around your neck and let go. If you are passed out there ain't much that you can do to help yourself now is it. I'm not pointing the finger at anybody, I'm just looking at it from another way.
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      by Agreed..... on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:02 PM in reply to ???
      I just feel so bad for her dad.....if it were me, this would haunt me for the rest of my life. Lots of bad calls, bad decisions, and they (TPD) probably couldn't make a case that could be won. What a shame for this tragic loss of life.....
  • by Tarboro on Jan 1, 2012 at 03:37 PM
    If I am ever told that one of my children are missing, the first place I'm going to look is where ever they lived. I can't understand why that wasn't the first place that was tore apart looking for her. You can tell me they did this , they did that, but the bottom line is the house should have been checked as soon as she was reported missing by SOMEBODY.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:58 PM
    When women commit suicide, it's rarely with a weapon, or by hanging, especially if the woman has access to drugs/medication. This was a closet that wasn't used by either party, according to comments, which would make it an unlikely place for her to commit suicide as usually people select familiar locations, and locations where their body is more likely to be found. The boyfriend never reported her missing, then tried to kill himself the day after someone else went to police to make the report. He's moved out of state within a year of her death. My suggestion...never go missing in Tarboro.
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      by Crazy on Jan 3, 2012 at 08:55 PM in reply to laura
      "Laura" have you read any facts to this case at all or are you just spouting out ignorant comments on a whim. If someone was going to commit suicide it would make perfect sense to do it in a closet that was secluded, as for the attempt to not be interupted, the boyfriend did report her missing as was stated in this very report that you commented on. He was also the first to report her missing. He didnt try to kill himself, he was in a car accident. And he left the state to try and start a new life to get away from ignorant people like you who make false accusations without any merit and tact. My suggestion.....dont ever do anything reguarding law enforcement, you dont have the intelligence for it.
  • by Friend Location: Tarboro on Dec 31, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    Bottom Line is this.... she was a wonderful girl who passed away too soon, and Her boyfriend and his famlies lives were ruined by shoddy police work and sensational media. Whats not reported is that he allowed the police to enter the home another time and they conducted another walkthrough. The closet where she was found was located in the back of the house which was heated by wood furnace, that room was a storage room and therefore was never entered tby Pitt or Harrelson, it also stayed extremely cold in that room which is why the body did not decompose as it normally would, which the medical examiner reported. Also, this Farm comment that Was mentioned by Mr. Scott was a lie, he doesnt even own a farm, and is extremely un-trustworthy. Harrelson coopertaed with the police every step of the way, and i can say knowing both of them that he loved Pitt and would never have done anything to hurt her. His car crash was completely unrelated to her body being found except that he was extremely disraught with her being missing. These are facts the media and police wont tell you, hopefully these facts will help you guys better understand the truth. Prayers go out to both Families.
  • by Wow on Dec 31, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    OMG - You people are ridiculous. Every time a story is released you have to criticize the LEO. This occurred in January - the house may not have had central heat and therefore the house may have been cold enough inside to slow down the decaying process and/or hide the odor. A walk through does not allow them to touch anything, including opening doors. The boyfriend was in the hospital during those two weeks that it took to get a search warrant, so he couldn't have smelled anything because he wasn't in the house. Read the story completely. Gosh. Maybe other family members could have gone through the house and noticed something, but we don't know the family situation. If my husband went missing, the last place I would look would be in the closet. Just saying.
  • by Let down Location: Tarboro on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    It seems to me that the investigation wasn't very thorough. If I were walking through a house looking for a missing person, I would look in closets and under beds. Looks like another case of Tarboro PD not being able to do anything but write seatbelt tickets.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to Let down
      Yeah, and all of those drunk drivers they routinely take off of our roads, all of those outstanding warrants they serve, all of those criminals they arrest, none of THAT matters, huh? Sounds to me like you should wear your seatbelt. Meanwhile, you and all the other cop-haters on here are free to become officers yourselves and show them how it's THAT will ever happen. No, you'll all just continue to sit safely on the sidelines and criticize, while never actually undertaking for yourselves the job you seem to know so much about. Until you actually put on that uniform and do that job, your opinions on matters such as this are meaningless.
  • by beachbunny on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    a walk through what ...4 days couldn't have smelled like a flower in there..Shabby police work.
  • by Jackie Location: Enfield on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    Enough is enough. Let the poor girl rest in peace and her family have the privacy the deserve. It took the local police one year to determine this cause of death. I have to question their findings and their investigative skills. Just saying.
  • by Constitution on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    If the cops were suspicious of dope they would tear the house apart. A body? - not so thorough.
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