2 NC men arrested in 1987 rape, kidnapping

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Jerry Cornelius Jones and Etharay Jefferson (Photo courtesy: WCTI)

BEAUFORT, NC (AP) — Two Carteret County men have been charged in the 1987 rape and kidnapping case of a then 13-year-old.

Local media outlets report the case was re-opened after nearly 30 years and authorities say 65-year-old Jerry Cornelius Jones and 62-year-old Etharay Jefferson were indicted this week in the assault of the girl.

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District Attorney Scott Thomas says the victim was found in a field near West Carteret High School. A charge was filed shortly after the incident, but the victim required extensive treatment and rehabilitation so the charge was dismissed.

Jones and Jefferson are each charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping and sexual offense, and assault with a deadly weapon. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.

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