FBI aids inquiry into multiple deaths

July 28, 2009 

— A Rocky Mount police commander confirmed Monday that the FBI is assisting a local and state task force in connection with six women who have been the victims of unsolved killings since 2005.

"The FBI is being consulted for their expertise," said Rocky Mount Police Capt. Laura Fahne stock. Her agency, along with the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation, formed a task force after finding the remains late last month of Jarniece Latonya "Sunshine" Hargrove's body in a field off Seven Bridges Road in Battleboro, north of Rocky Mount.

Of the six women who have been killed -- all black, some with a history of drug abuse and prostitution -- five have been found dead and dumped in wooded areas along Seven Bridges Road.

At least three other women are missing whose profiles are similar of those found dead, police have said.

The task force was formed to determine whether the killings are connected. The sheriff's office remains the lead investigative agency, Fahnestock said.

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