Woman found dead was interviewed by TV station following April 18 discovery of two bodies

By: By T.C. Hunter - [email protected]

LUMBERTON — The woman identified as the person whose badly decomposed body was found Saturday behind a house on East Eighth Street was interviewed by a Raleigh television station the day after two bodies were found April 18 in the same neighborhood.

Megan Ann Oxendine spoke during in the WNCN interview about knowing one of the April victims. She described Rhonda Jones as a “sweet and kind person.” While Jones has not been positively identified at that time as one of the two bodies, it was believed by local residents that she was one of the dead.

“I don’t understand how people could do, somebody’s child murdered,” said Oxendine, who was identified by name in the on-camera interview.

The WNCN video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HSdC0HAQZA.

Oxendine’s body was found in bushes behind an abandoned, dilapidated house at 608 E. Eighth St.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh positively identified the 28-year-old woman, Capt. Terry Parker, of the Lumberton Police Department, said today in a press release. No cause or time of death has been determined.

Her last known address was the 700 block of Dwight Road in Lumberton.

Oxendine’s is the third badly decomposed body found in the neighborhood in the past two months.

On April 18 a woman’s body was found at 505 Peachtree St., and another in a nearby trash can. It took about 10 days for the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office to identify them.

The women were identified as Christina Bennett, 32, of the 1900 block of Eastwood Terrace, and Jones, 36, of Troy Drive, both in Lumberton. A determination has not been made on what killed them.

Police have not speculated on whether they believe their is a connection between Oxendine’s television interview and her death.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation should contact Detective J. White or Detective D. Evans at the Lumberton Police Department 910-671-3845.

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By T.C. Hunter

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Reach T.C. Hunter at 910-816-1974.

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