Girl, 8, finds mom dead at Raleigh home

rstradling@newsobserver.comMay 14, 2013 

— Police say they think someone killed a woman who was found covered in blood in her North Hills apartment Tuesday morning, but they have not named a suspect.

Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones was found by her 8-year-old daughter in their apartment at 441 Allister Drive, off Six Forks Road near the I-440 Beltline. The girl went for help and found workers who were building other apartments at the Allister North Hills complex.

Police have not said how Huggins-Jones, 30, died or why investigators are treating her death as a homicide.

One of the construction workers called for an ambulance shortly after 7:30 a.m. The girl had told the workers that her mother was covered in blood and would not respond, according to a recording of the 911 call.

A dispatcher asked the caller to go to the apartment, where he said he found Huggins-Jones on a bed.

“There’s blood everywhere, ma’am,” the caller, whose name was not released, told the dispatcher.

When the dispatcher asked the caller to lay Huggins-Jones flat on her back and remove any pillows, the caller replied: “Ma’am, I think it’s too late for that. ... She’s cold, cold as ice, ma’am, and I can’t ..., there is no pulse.”

The dispatcher said someone was on the way and asked the caller if she could do anything else for him. “No, ma’am,” he said. “I’ll just wait here with her.”

Police ask anyone with information that might assist detectives to either call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or to go to the Crime Stoppers website at for instructions on how to report a tip online or by text message.

Staff writer Ron Gallagher contributed to this report.

Stradling: 919-829-4739

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