Edgecombe County Serial Killer
The Edgecombe County Serial Killer also known as "The Seven Bridges Killer" is an as yet unnamed serial killer, in the surroundings of Edgecombe County and partly in Halifax County, in North Carolina, USA. Ten black women are missing, the remains of eight have been found, all of them fitting a similar profile of several women from Rocky Mount whose bodies were discovered within the past years, dating back to 2005. Each victim was black, and all had a history of drugs or prostitution before they disappeared. Rocky Mount police Chief John Manley acknowledged to media that authorities are dealing with a serial killer.
One of the victims, Roberta Williams, could be traced back to the year 2008, as it has been the last time Williams was seen alive. Her remains were discovered in 2010, off Seven Bridges Road, between Battleboro and Whitakers.
In June 2008, the sheriff's office requested assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), and formed a task force of local, state and federal officials to try to find out if the killings are connected.
In January 2011, more human remains were found by a hunter in Edgecombe County, whereby this victim could be number nine. The remains have been identified in January as 37-year-old Yolanda Lancaster, who was listed as missing.
In September 2009, a suspect, Antwan Maurice Pittman, and registered sex offender, was charged with at least one of the cases, that one of Taraha Shenice Nicholson, 28, who was found strangled. Authorities are still questioning whether Pittman may have been connected to some of the other killings.
The first victim found was Melody Wiggins, 29, back in 2005. In 2007, Jackie Thorpe, 35, was found nude in a pile of trash. 2008, the body of Ernestine Battle, 50, was found in a wooded area. A farmer found in June 2009 the skeleton of Jarniece Latonya Hargrove, 31, also in a wooded spot.
In 2011 a jury convicted Antwan Pittman of first-degree murder of one of the women, 28-year-old Taraha Nicholson. In July 2012 a motorcycle ride was held in contribution to the five women found murdered. The ride was designed to raise awareness to a total of nine women to have found death by the serial killer.
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