Police search for suspect in N.C. murder
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
May 16, 2013 | 3285 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Raleigh, N.C., police detectives continue to search for a suspect and a motive in the reported murder of a former Cleveland resident who had just moved to their city.

Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones, 30, was found dead inside her apartment Tuesday.

She had just moved to the area two weeks ago, according to First Tennessee Bank officials in Cleveland. Huggins-Jones had worked for First Tennessee for more than 10 years and according to Mike Griffin of First Tennessee, had transferred to Raleigh, remaining with the bank, to manage a branch business.

Reports from North Carolina media sources said she was “covered in blood on a bed inside her apartment.”

Huggins-Jones’ 8-year-old daughter initially found her body and went for help outside their new Allister North Hills apartment complex. Construction of more apartments was underway and the child approached a construction worker and asked for help, according to reports.

A worker called 911 after going inside the apartment.

Investigators with the Raleigh Police Department have filed a search warrant for Huggins-Jones’ Facebook records, according to WRAL TV reports.

Huggins-Jones reportedly deleted her account Saturday.

According to its reports, WRAL noted that investigators continued to collect evidence from the apartment building.

Investigators have not released information on how Huggins-Jones was killed, although the manner of death has been determined to be a homicide.

Reports also noted investigators haven’t determined if the “crime was random.”

Huggins-Jones was reportedly from Elizabethtown, N.C.

Her 12-year-old son remained in Cleveland with his father to complete the school year, earlier reports indicated.

The couple was recently divorced.

Her 8-year-old daughter is reportedly with family members.

WRAL reported a funeral service is set for Sunday in Elizabethtown, N.C.

She was a graduate of Cleveland State Community College.