UPDATE: Celebration of life for mother of murdered pregnant woman

STANLY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA (WTAP) - Sasha Naylor's family is planning a celebration of life service for her mother, Juanita Mayo.

Sasha Naylor, 25

51-year-old Juanita Mayo of Parkersburg died the week of March 4th shortly after learning that a suspect had been charged with two counts of murder in the death of her daughter and unborn grandchild.

Saturday's service will be at 1 p.m. at the Friendship Kitchen on Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg.

Authorities in North Carolina have charged a man with murder in the killing of his girlfriend, a former Parkersburg resident whose body has not been found.

Joseph Rhodes, 30, was charged on Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder in the killing of Sasha Naylor, 25, and her unborn child.

The Stanly County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Friday that Naylor had a prior address in Parkersburg and still has family living in Washington County, Ohio.

Authorities said Naylor disappeared last August in North Carolina.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Friday evening that investigators contacted his office seeking information on Feb. 20.

Rhodes, who was already in jail on unrelated drug charges, appeared in a Stanly County courtroom on Thursday and denied the murder allegations.

We'll continue to update this story online and during our on-air newscasts as more information becomes available.

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