By CBS 17 Digital Desk | April 14, 2021 at 5:50 PM EDT – Updated April 14 at 5:50 PM
LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation increased the reward to $40,000 for information on what led to the deaths of three Lumberton women who died within a few weeks of each other in 2017.
Megan Oxendine, Rhonda Jones, and Christina Bennett were all found dead within a four-block radius between April 18, 2017, and June 3, 2017. In the year after their deaths, the FBI said it was assisting Lumberton police and more than 400 interviews had been conducted and more than 50 leads were followed.
Bennett, 32, was found dead at an abandoned home on Peachtree Street. Jones, 36, was found dead in a trash can. Oxendine’s body was found weeks later. It was “markedly decayed” outside of an abandoned home. An autopsy was unable to determine how the 28-year-old died.
Then, in April 2019, just before the two-year anniversary, additional evidence was submitted to the state crime lab.
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