Woman charged in theft of dead woman's car held on bond

SELMER, Tenn. – A bond of $150,000 has been set for a woman held in the theft of a vehicle rented by a woman whose body was found in Alcorn County almost two weeks ago.
Amanda Ervin Wilbanks, 32, of Ramer, Tenn., has been charged with theft of property of more than $10,000, said Special Agent in Charge John Mehr of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She is in the McNairy County, Tenn., jail.
Wilbanks was found late Monday driving the car that had been rented to Donna Hill, a 50-year-old Ramer woman whose body was found floating in the Tuscumbia River on Oct. 25.
Wilbanks is the daughter of a former McNairy County sheriff, reports WBBJ television in Jackson. She has earlier convictions in McNairy County on drug possession charges, DUI, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and writing bad checks.
Also held in Alcorn County jail is Aaron Hastings, charged with burglary of a dwelling, and with bond set at $150,000.
Though neither Wilbanks nor Hastings has been charged in connection with Hill’s death, both have been questioned about their knowledge of it.
The report from an autopsy performed in Jackson has not been received and is not expected for some time, said Mehr, whose agency now leads the investigation. Hill’s death has been ruled a homicide.
Hill was last heard from in a phone call with a family member the morning of Oct. 22.
Authorities would like to talk with anyone who had contact with Hill after that time or saw her with others, Mehr said.
Anyone with information that could be helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office, (662) 286-5521; the McNairy County Sheriff’s Office, (731) 645-3406; or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, (800) 824-3463.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

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