Gov. Bev Perdue has activated the North Carolina National Guard to help the Edgecombe County Task Force search for two missing women. Edgecombe County Sheriff James L. Knight requested the assistance.
"Having more boots on the ground will help law enforcement agencies cover a larger area and speed up search efforts," Perdue said.
The National Guard will provide about 100 soldiers who will search on Tuesday. The soldiers are from the 1132nd and 514th military police companies, headquartered out of Rocky Mount and Greenville respectively. The task force, which has local, state and federal authorities, will be searching throughout the week.
The guardsmen will be searching around Seven Bridges road near Whitakers, where the remains of five women have been found since August 2007. In all, eight bodies have been found.