Police set up overnight checkpoint near slain banker’s home

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMay 21, 2013 

— Police conducted an information checkpoint near the apartment of a banker who was found dead in her bedroom last week.

Investigators maintained the checkpoint near the intersection of Six Forks Road and Ramblewood Drive between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday. Officers at the checkpoint handed out a flier to motorists as part of their ongoing investigation into the death of Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones, 30, who had moved from Tennessee to Raleigh to manage a new bank branch just two weeks before her death.

The flier said police want to speak with anyone who may have been traveling in or who lives in the area near Six Forks Road, the Interstate 440 Beltline, Ramblewood Drive, Bellevue Road, Allister Drive or Rolston Drive.

Investigators specifically want to talk with people who were in the neighborhood between Monday and Tuesday of last week between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue on Tuesday said that the police investigation into Huggins-Jones’ death “is progressing.”

“We would like to hear from anyone. Even if it’s something that does not seem important to them, we are asking them to trust their instinct and call CrimeStoppers,” he said.

Huggins-Jones was found by her 8-year-old daughter just after 7:30 a.m. May 14, covered in blood and not responding.

Although investigators have not disclosed how she died, police have declared her death a homicide. No arrests have been made nor suspects named in the case. Nor have investigators said whether her death is a random act.

On the morning that Huggins-Jones was found, there were reports of someone breaking into four motor vehicles in the neighborhood. All of the victims were women, police reported.

Police have maintained a constant presence around Huggins-Jones’ apartment at 441 Allister Drive since her death. Search warrants made public last week show detectives have accessed information on her Facebook account, which she deleted three days before she was found dead.

Police ask anyone with information to either call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-HELP or to go to the CrimeStoppers website ( www.raleighcrimestoppers.org) for instructions on how to report a tip online or by text message. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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