7 Charged in Murder of Missing D.C. Woman

By Tim Persinko
|  Sunday, Jun 12, 2011  |  Updated 7:53 AM EDT
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Police arrests members of a polygamist sect in connection with the murder of a D.C. woman.

NBCWashington.com - Darcy Spencer

Police arrests members of a polygamist sect in connection with the murder of a D.C. woman.

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Police in North Carolina say the remains found buried in the backyard of a Durham home are of a 28-year-old District woman reported missing.

Investigators said one of the two bodies they found was Antionetta Yvonne McKoy, who had not been seen since last year.  They said the other body was a 5-year-old child, who has yet to be identified.

Investigators have said they believe the perpetrators are members of a polygamous religious cult called the Black Hebrews, News 4's sister station NBC17 reported.  Seven have been charged in McKoy's murder.

Authorities said McKoy was reported missing by her family in D.C. in February of 2011.  She was last seen alive in December of 2010, at a house on 2109 Pear Tree Lane in Durham.  A 5-year-old child, Jadon Higganbothan, also reported missing in February, was a resident of the same address, police said.

Police already had 27-year-old Peter Moses Jr. in jail on weapons violations when he was charged in the murder of McKoy.  Vania Sisk, 25, the mother of missing Higganbothan, has also been charged in the D.C. woman's murder.  She has given conflicting accounts about who she left her son with, NBC17 reported.

The five others charged in McKoy's murder all lived together in the same house with Moses Jr.  They are : Lavad Harris, 40, Larhonda Renee Smith,  40, P. Leonard Moses, 21, Sheila Falish Moses, 20, and Sheilda Evelyn Harris, 56.

Peter Moses Jr. has also been charged with the murder of the 5-year-old Higganbothan.

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