Pat Green has been living on Vista Road for more than 20 years and has seen the neighborhood double in population. She remembers when there used be nothing but woods.
Recently, those woods have become crime scenes where investigators flock after corpses have been discovered. The most recent incident was last Tuesday, when the body of Sallie Rohrbach, a N.C. state insurance department investigator, was found there.
Shortly after turning off of Pleasant Road on to Vista Road, there is a sign that reads, "Watch For Children." The latest crime scene is on the left side of the road.
"I walk down that street all the time," Paul Klara said. "I am petrified to walk down that street now." Klara recently moved to Fort Mill from Pennsylvania.
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"I was shocked and thought it was odd, but this area seems to be one to drop off bodies lately," Green said.
Rohrbach's body was the third one found in these woods. In 2006, the body of a missing man was found in a burning truck. A year earlier, the skelletal remains of another body were found in the vista Road woods.
Before that, the body of another man was discovered a short distance away on Gold Hill Road.
"I wouldn't have thought this would happen here," Margaret Crews said. "I think the reason why people are dumping bodies here is because they don't know of the community living here."
Crews has been living on Vista Road since 1983, and she still feels comfortable living in the area because it is wide open and you can see if anything is coming.
"I would rather continue to live here than in a big town or city like Charlotte," Crews said.
"Safety is a state of mind," said Dan Reid, a visitor from Kissimmee, Fla. He said he doesn't feel uncomfortable visiting in the area
An Indian Trail, N.C., man, Michael Arthur Howell, 40, was charged by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police with first-degree murder in connection with Rohrbach's death the day before her body was found. Rohrbach, 44, of Harnett County southeast of Raleigh, N.C., was sent to Charlotte more than a week ago to investigate the Dilworth Insurance Agency Howell owns.
The Charlotte Observer contributed to this story.