Mother Devastated After Daughters Remains Identified

A mother is devastated after hearing the news that remains found in the woods are those of her daughter who had been missing for over a year.

Juray Tucker says, "It's devastating because she's my only child and to know that I'll never see her again, it's terrible."

On Friday Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight confirmed that remains found in the woods off Battleboro-Legget Road by a hunter were those of Yolanda Lancaster.

Lancaster had been missing since February 2009. Since 2005 more than 10 women have gone missing in the same area of Edgecombe and Halifax counties, all of them with similar backgrounds. 8 of those women have now been found dead.

Now Tucker is searching for answers for her daughter’s killer. She says, "She went off with somebody and they did something to her. I just don't know, there's so many things.

Antwan Pittman is charged in one of the deaths and suspected in others.

A group of these mothers have come together to form parents and relatives of the murdered and missing now as P.R.OM.M. They meet twice a month. Their goal is to try and bring attention to what’s going on, and see if there is any news to report.

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Remains found Monday night in Edgecombe County near where several others bodies have been found in recent years have been identified as one of the individuals the sheriff's office suspected.

Sheriff James Knight says hunters found the remains on private, posted property off of Battleboro-Leggett road, close to Speights Church road. He notified the families of Yolanda Lancaster and Joyce Durham, who are both missing. Sheriff Knight tells WITN the remains have been identified as Lancaster's, who disappeared in February 2009.

Seven womens' bodies found in that area and in nearby halifax county in recent years. All of those victims were African-American women who had been involved in drugs or prostitution.

Antwan Pittman is charged in one of the deaths and suspected in others.

The State Bureau of Investigations, state medical examiner's office, and an anthropologist from ECU helped in this latest case.

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An East Carolina University forensic anthropologist will analyze the human remains found in Edgecombe County on Monday.

Dr. Megan Perry says studying bones can give authorities a good idea of a person's characteristics.

Dr. Perry says she helped collect the Edgecombe County remains. A hunter found the bones on private property off of Battleboro-Leggett road. She says the bones have been transferred to the Pitt County morgue, where she'll help forensic pathologists analyze them on Thursday.

Dr. Perry says "We'll get an idea if the bones are male or female based on the shape of the skull and that kind of thing. We'll look at how tall they are by measuring some of the leg bones, we'll get an idea of what racial category they fit into." Dr. Perry says the analysis usually lasts about 4 or 5 hours.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office says it notified the families of two missing Rocky Mount women about the remains. It says Yolanda Lancaster disappeared in February 2009 and Joyce Durham was last seen in June of 2007.

Seven bodies have been found in the area and in nearby Halifax County in recent years, and all of those victims were African-American women who had been involved in drugs or prostitution.

Antwan Pittman is charged in one of the deaths and suspected in others.


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  • by citizens Location: nc on Jan 18, 2011 at 01:53 AM
    Some people are so cold. All of the young women are someones daughter, sister or maybe even Mom. They didn't deserve to die in this manner. I have children that didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped. We kept them in church every week more than once and they aren't from a broken home. Be careful of the way you wag your finger and pass judgement, it may turn around and bite you! I am sad for all families involved.
  • by LD Location: GREENVILLE on Jan 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    My heart goes out to the family and all the other families who has lost a child in Edgecombe county. It does not matter the color, race, or there background but these women did not deserve to die. Againg I am truly sorry for the loss.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    I agree with Crime Profile...they are not syaing one thing about their past and how they deserve it...its called an eye opener people.
  • by Anonymous-3 on Jan 17, 2011 at 04:09 AM
    That many bodies found in the same area,over a nunber of year;s,now what's that word i'm looking for,oh,oh, i know,do u.
  • by ENC Location: Gville on Jan 16, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    Isn't this sad it took a year from her disapperance. And it really doesn't matter her past, she is a human being with family who loved her
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    Is Edgecombe County becomming the new dumping grounds of the mafia in New York. They must have used up all the space in the Pine Barrens or Pinnies of South Jersey.
  • by anonymous Location: middle of nowhere on Jan 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM
    what`s wrong with this picture? 7 murders and only 1 has been solved. someone needs to tighten up and start looking in the right direction. doesn`t take rocket science to figure this one out. I hope the families of these victims get the justice.
  • by crime profile Location: pitt county on Jan 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    To those out there who seem to get upset because the issue of the victims's prostitution and drug use are mentioned, understand that law enforcement has to make the public aware that there is a serial killer out there who has a certain type of victim he hunts. Nobody is trying to say that these women deserved to be killed because of their lifestyle. This type of information could possibly make other women who live this particular lifestyle more aware of their surroundings. Maybe a prostitute out there has had an encounter with someone who gave her a reason to be suspicious. Perhaps this woman will contact law enforcement because of the news that a serial killer is on the loose who's targeting prostitutes. This type of information helps to narrow the search and hopefully, will lead to an arrest and prosecution.
  • by BIG AL Location: Greene Co on Jan 15, 2011 at 12:36 AM
    I do not care what color or personal job you had life you lived NO ONE DESERVES TO BE DONE LIKE THIS! Drug addicts and prostitutes are humans too! I feel for the families. I would lose my mind if my kids showed up missing and after all these years the worst comes out. I hope that if this guy is the one that did all these killings he will pay with his life! God have mercy on his soul. Let the lord have peace for this family.
  • by anon answer on Jan 14, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    there's a serial murder case in RM with the recurring themes being the location of the bodies, prostution and drugs. Lends credibility of it being the same killer.
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