Woman’s body parts found in Oyster Creek
By LeaAnne Klentzman
The dismembered body of a young North Carolina mother is still being painstakingly recovered from Oyster Creek behind a home off Skinner Lane just north of Richmond, According to authorities, sheriff’s personnel were asked to search a residence and the surrounding property located in the 4300 block of Skinner Lane Sunday morning while North Carolina police were on their way to Fort Bend County. When police arrived at the Skinner Lane home they were, reportedly, given permission to search.
The investigation began as a missing person’s report out of Raleigh, N.C. Twenty seven year-old Laura
Jean Ackerson, was last seen alive when she dropped her two little boys off at their father’s home for the weekend in Raleigh on July 13, 2011. She was reported missing on July 18, 2011. According to North Carolina reports, it was unthinkable that Ackerson would not pick up her children or show up for work. Police began their investigation on July 18 and is believed to have ended in Fort Bend County.
As the facts unfolded, the case took a grizzly turn. Sunday evening divers recovered parts of a human body from Oyster Creek and then on Monday afternoon a human head and leg were recovered. Although they have not been positively linked to Ackerson, authorities believe they have located her body.
Two arrests have been made in the case in North Carolina. According to reports from that area, Ackerson’s former boyfriend, the father of her two boys, and his new wife have been arrested. Grant Ruffin Hayes and his wife, Amanda Perry Hayes, have been identified as the persons arrested in this case. They were taken into custody in Kinston, Wake County North Carolina early Monday morning. The two were reported to have traveled to Fort Bend County and stayed with Amanda Perry Hayes’ sister, who resides on Skinner Lane, early last week. According to authorities, evidence that links both Hayes and Ackerman were recovered on Skinner Lane. However, sheriff’s personnel have said no one who resides at the Skinner Lane home is believed to have any connection to the crime, other than allowing a relative to visit.
Aside from the tragedy of Ackerson’s death, her two boys and the newborn of the Hayes’ have been left parentless. The case remains under investigation.