JONES & ONSLOW COUNTIES - Authorities continue to investigate the death of 48-year-old Elizabeth Rhoades, whose body was found Sunday after she had been missing for nearly two weeks from Maysville, was found Sunday.
Investigators were called to an area near the White Oak River Campground at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday, according to Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown. The scene is off Highway 17, near the Jones - Onslow County line. Officials say two fisherman found Rhoades' body.
Rhoades' death was "suspicious," according to Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath. An autopsy will be conducted later this week, hopefully determining a cause of death, investigators said. As family members wait for answers, they are saddled with grief.
"I'll just never be the same," said Melinda Williams, Rhoades' partner.
The investigation began as a collaboration among the sheriff's offices in Onslow and Jones counties, as well as Maysville Police, the North Carolina SBI, and the prosecutor's office that covers Onslow and Jones counties.
Rhoades was last seen February 10, walking along Highway 17, according to her missing poster.