Earlier this month, a fourth woman went missing in the same North Carolina town where three women were found dead. Over the last year, the remains of three women were found within a three-block area of Lumberton and now the FBI is getting involved.
On the morning of September 5, 20-year-old Abby Patterson told her mom she’d be home in an hour. She was last seen going into an old brown Buick parked outside her family’s home, according to Fox News.
"At this point we don't know if there's a connection," Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said of the missing woman. "We’re soliciting help from the community. Someone out there has information we need."
Two of the three bodies found in the town of 22,000 were discovered on April 18. That day, 32-year-old Christina Bennett’s remains were found inside an abandoned home. That same day, 36-year-old Rhonda Jones’ remains were found in a trash container. Jones was a mother of five. When her body was discovered, a local news station interviewed 28-year-old Megan Oxendine, who lived nearby and was friends with Jones. Oxendine’s body was found 500 feet away from the other two women weeks after the interview, on June 3.
“I mean, I don’t comprehend with stuff like this too good,” Oxendine told CBS North Carolina, referencing Jones. “I don’t understand how somebody could do somebody’s child, mother, niece, like that. … She was just quiet she didn’t really mess with too many people.”
Fears are growing about a possible serial killer in the area.
A $5,000 award is being offered for information about Patterson, according to PEOPLE. The missing woman is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes and light skin with a birth mark on the back left thigh and a bird tattoo on her shoulder, according to police.
"We talk or text every day," said Samantha Lovette, Patterson's mother. "When she didn’t come home after an hour, I called her cell phone and it went straight to voicemail."
Anyone with information is urged to call police at (910) 671-3845.
[Photo: Lumberton Police Department]