FBI raises reward to $40,000 after 3 Lumberton women found dead 4 years ago

Left to right: Christina Bennett, Rhonda Jones, Megan Oxendine (Source: Lumberton Police...
Left to right: Christina Bennett, Rhonda Jones, Megan Oxendine (Source: Lumberton Police Department and FBI)
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 5:50 PM EDT
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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.

The FBI’s reward was previously $30,000.

‘32 Degrees’ – CBS 17 anchor Russ Bowen’s podcast on the deaths of Oxendine, Bennett, and Jones

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.

CBS 17 learned in March 2017 that rape kits for all three women sat untested at the Lumberton police department for a year and eight months.

Then, in April 2019, just before the two-year anniversary, additional evidence was submitted to the state crime lab.

Abby Patterson, 21, has been missing from Lumberton since September 2017. In November 2018, 13-year-old Hania Aguilar was kidnapped and later found murdered.

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