Missing: (NC) Alexandra King and Tatianna Diz (murder suspect tied to them)

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office and the Asheville Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into the disappearance of two women and a murder suspect.

Alexandra King and Tatianna Diz were last seen leaving Canterbury Place Apartments between 9 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, officers said. 

King's dark blue VW Jetta was recovered Wednesday morning on Craven Street at the edge of the French Broad River near the New Belgium Brewery site. Officers are investigating the connection between the missing women - considered endangered - and Pierre Lamont Griffin II. 

Griffin is accused of killing a man in Asheville on Tuesday before leading officers with multiple agencies on a chase across three counties. The pursuit ended when Henderson County deputies shot Griffin, who they say was armed and pointing a gun at people and refusing to comply with orders. 

A multi-agency search, involving the Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office and State Highway Patrol, began Wednesday and will continue throughout Thursday.

The number one priority for both agencies as of Thursday was finding the women.

The Asheville Police Department is seeking information from anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the riverfront area from Emma Road to Haywood Road between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday. 

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Alexandra and Tatianna are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

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