LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) — New documents released Sunday give more information into the ongoing investigation behind the suspicious death of a Lumberton women in 2017.
A bystander alerted police to the decomposing body 36-year-old Rhonda Jones, found with her legs sticking out of a trash can on April 18, 2017 outside of a home in Lumberton. The cause of Jones' death is still undetermined according to documents released by the NC Medical Examiner's Office Sunday.
According to the report Jones' body was found badly decomposed and unclothed.
Police discovered the decomposing body of 32-year-old Christina Bennett inside a home in the same vicinity on the same day. The cause of Bennett's death has not yet been determined.
A third woman, Megan Oxendine, was also found dead and unclothed outside a home by Lumberton Police in June 2017. Medical examiners were unable to determine a specific cause of death but say an instrument of some kind was used. Toxicology reports show Oxendine had trace amounts of cocaine and alcohol in her system at the time of death. No probable cause of death is listed.
Jones, Oxendine and Bennett were found within a four-block radius along East 5th and East 9th streets in Lumberton. The FBI is offering a $30,000 reward for information that helps investigators determine the circumstances that led to their deaths.
Anyone with information into the ongoing investigation is asked to call police at (910) 671-3845.