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Police, FBI push for information 2 years after women’s bodies found

Updated: Apr. 18, 2019 at 11:11 PM EDT
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LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) – The facts surrounding the deaths of three women in Lumberton remain a mystery two years after the gruesome discoveries.

The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI are asking the community for any information in the three death investigations.

The bodies of the three women were found between April 18, 2017 and June 3, 2017 within a four-block radius along East 5th and East 9th streets in Lumberton.

Authorities are making a plea to the public to help them develop a more specific timeline of when the women were last seen alive.

  • Christina Bennett, known to her family as Kristin, was found dead on April 18, 2017, inside a house on Peachtree Street. Anyone who saw Bennett between April 14 and April 18 is asked to call police.
  • Rhonda Jones was found dead April 18, 2017 outside a house on East 5th Street. Anyone who saw Jones between April 14 and April 18 is asked to call police.
  • Megan Oxendine was found on June 3, 2017 outside a home on East 8th Street. Anyone who saw her between May 31 and June 3 should call police.

“The Lumberton Police Department has spent countless hours working to determine how Christina, Rhonda, and Megan died. We have received help from fellow law enforcement agencies, the families of these women, and from the public. Unfortunately, we still do not have definitive answers for why these women are no longer with us,” Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said.

McNeill said autopsies and toxicology reports did not help in their investigations because the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was unable to determine their causes of death. He said this is not uncommon due to the level of decomposition of the bodies.

“For that reason, I once again plead to the public, help us find out what happened to the women. They were loved dearly by their families who deserve to know what happened to them,” McNeill said.

Lumberton Police Detective Jennifer White said that the department has spoke to more than 800 people and they’re still at square one in the investigation.

The Jones’ family held a memorial service Thursday night where her body was found. Her sister, who did not want to be identified, said even though time has passed, things haven’t gotten easier and they’re asking the community for help.

“You know God’s my strength, I have to pray a lot. I have to ask for forgiveness a lot, because I’m angry,” Jones’ sister said.

Jones’ family said their hearts continue to go out to both Bennett and Oxendine’s loved ones, as all three families still wait for answers.

“We think about them all the time. We include them... because they are just as important. They’re someone’s family too. I never knew them, but I’ve grown to love these girls,” Jones’ sister said.

The FBI is continuing to offer a reward of $30,000 for information that helps investigators determine the circumstances surrounding the women’s deaths.

Anyone with information should call the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 or FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100.

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