The mother of one of the victims in the Rocky Mount Missing Women case says that it’s a slow justice process as the recently formed task force works to go over the cases. I love Patsy Hargrove’s attitude when she states of Anwan Maurice Pittman currently in custody as a “person of interest” in the murders, “I don’t want this man charged with nothing if he didn’t do it,” Hargrove said. “We want the right person convicted.”
That is such a good attitude. In the case of my sister’s murder, Theresa Allore there have been many people to come forward as potential suspects. In some cases it was tempting -after so many years – to blame them, blame anyone for her death. I have even seen people try to implicate people with whom they had a personal vendetta – it didn’t matter that they had nothing to do with Theresa’s murder; they were bad people in that 1970s era in the Eastern Townships, so let them be blamed for the crime. Not only is that bad police work, it’s bad for the soul. I hope Ms. Hargrove continues to show this level of patience; it’s not easy, but it’s healthy:
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — The mother of one of six women found dead in rural Edgecombe County within the past four years says she is still waiting to hear about a possible connection in the cases.
Patsy Hargrove said Thursday that it’s been more than a month since she has heard from investigators looking into the death of her daughter, Jarniece Latonya Hargrove.
“They don’t have enough evidence to pinpoint my daughter and the rest of them,” Hargrove said.
Last month, a special task force investigating Hargrove’s death and the others, arrested Anwan Maurice Pittman, 31, and charged him with murder in the death of Taraha Shenice Nicholson.
Investigators won’t say if Pittman is a suspect in any of the other cases, and Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight has refused to comment on the case.
Each of the victims was black, had a history of drug use, prostitution or both. Five had been reported missing before their bodies were discovered within a 10-mile radius of one another. Family members and friends of the victims have said many knew each other.
The task force is also investigating cases of three more missing woman who fit the same profile.
Investigators have found no signs of bullet or stab wounds on any victim. Three autopsies could not identify the cause of death, and the other women were beaten or strangled to death, according to autopsy reports and family members.
Families like Hargrove’s, meanwhile, are left wondering and waiting for justice.
“I don’t want this man charged with nothing if he didn’t do it,” Hargrove said. “We want the right person convicted.”
Pittman, who was arrested Sept. 1, is being held at Central Prison in Raleigh until his trial.
Prosecutors have said they won’t seek the death penalty because there were no aggravating factors to qualify the case as a capital crime.