LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) – The FBI is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information regarding the circumstances that led to the deaths of Christina Bennett, Rhonda Jones and Megan Oxendine, according to a press release from the FBI Charlotte Division.
• Christina Bennett, known by her family as Kristin, was found deceased inside a house on Peachtree Street, Lumberton, North Carolina, on April 18, 2017.
• Rhonda Jones was found deceased outside a house on East 5th Street in Lumberton, North Carolina, on the same day, April 18, 2017.
• Megan Oxendine was found deceased outside a house on East 8th Street in Lumberton, North Carolina, on June 3, 2017.
Chief McNeil with the Lumberton Police Department opened the press conference Wednesday afternoon saying, "They are loved and they are missed, but they are not forgotten." He was joined with FBI Agent John Strong who is the lead investigator on the case. "We believe that members of this community have information that can assist us in creating a timeline of when and where they were last seen alive. No information is too small."
The Lumberton Police Department requested assistance from the FBI in June 2017 in the three death investigations.
Agent Strong said, "We've reached a point in the investigation where we've conducted the logical investigation we've reach a point where we really need the public's help." He added, "Their deaths are suspicious in part because of the close proximity of when and where their bodies were found."
All three women were mothers, aunts, sisters and friends Chief McNeil explained. "We understand there is a lot of uncertainty, concern and fear right now. Let me assure you we are committed to finding out the answers," said McNeil.
While FBI agents say they're working with the medical examiner to determine causes of death, the women's deaths have not been ruled as homicides at this time. The Robeson County Sheriff's Office previously told WMBF News that no visible trauma was found on either of the first two women found. Still, some in this neighborhood suspect fowl play.
Sisters Sandy and Latoya Mille live in Lumberton, not far from where the bodies were found. WMBF News told the women about the $30,000 reward the FBI is offering.
"I am so happy they are doing all they can to do to find the person who did this to these families, took their children away from them. I am so glad they are doing something for this situation, it's just mind boggling to me," said Latoya Miller.
"Whoever did it they need to come forward, forget about the money it's about the family," Sandy Miller said.
"God help them. To think that the person is still out there is horrifying, I don't let my baby sister go anywhere by herself. The public of Lumberton just be safe," added Latoya Miller.
Investigators are asking anyone who came into contact with the women to come forward in order to assist law enforcement in creating a timeline of when and where they were last seen alive. Call the FBI Charlotte Division at 704-672-6100 and select option 2 if you have any information.