Still no answers two months after Pine Valley murder

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Submitted: Wed, 09/07/2011 - 3:46am
Updated: Wed, 09/07/2011 - 12:42pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than two months after a woman was found dead in her Wilmington home, police still have no updates on who killed her.

Carol Ann Johnson, 59, was found dead inside her Pine Valley home July 4. Johnson’s fiance Christopher Munn found her body and called 911. He said he came home from work around 3 a.m., found the door unlocked and Johnson covered in blood on the floor.

Wilmington Police have not said if they have any leads on suspects. They say they are waiting on the results of forensic evidence.


  • what? says:

    Where is our sense of community? A woman was murdered(stabbed multiple times) in our town and we have no answers. It may have been a crime of passion but the person who did this is walking our streets. If someone is capable of that I am sure they could do it again.
    We pay taxes to have services in place to protect us and investigate crimes. It is our duty to ourselves, the deceased and our greater community to ask questions. We live in a vacation town and no one wants to believe they are in danger and the police sure as hell do not want to have a murder in their district!
    If this crime had occurred in another part of town they may have been more answers. Yes crimes happen everywhere. Pine Valley has had more than their share of crimes committed in recent years.
    I am proud of the strong, close knit community in pine valley. They are working together to ensure their neighborhood is safe. I think we could learn a thing or two from them. Drop the labeling and name calling. Reach out to your neighbor and police department with compassion.

  • Guest says:

    When it comes to local law enforcement. The press just reads the statement typed by the information officer and calls it reporting.

  • GuestLee says:

    The lack of information to the public is probably intentional. This case is still in the investigation phase. They want to keep whoever did this in the dark about how much they know until they are ready to apprehend him/her. You may not hear much about this case until they are ready to arrest the suspect.

  • Guest says:

    Another CSI fan.

  • Guest111 says:

    the same cocky response from the chief. Did they do a lie detector test on the man living there? Results? I don’t think they have a clue. I think the guy went in after work and completely (on purpose) was all over the crime scene and ruined the evidence and got his DNA all around.

  • Guest says:

    Snob. If it rains, be sure to put your nose back down or you’ll drown.

  • still angry says:

    I am not sure your trailer park qualifies as a neighborhood…
    No one is calling for panic, just less tough talk from the our police chief and his wave off of concern for our safety and more information so we can help solve the case since obviously they have no further information and seem stuck in a rut.

  • GuestLee says:

    Sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t live in a trailer park. I live in a neighborhood which, unfortunately, has seen crime statistics go up in the past 10 years or so. New neighbors from everywhere are moving in, while the old timers in the neighborhood are moving away or dying off. I can thank I-40 for that one.

    What you see as tough talk and a lack of concern from the Police Chief is apparently his attempt (howbeit misplaced) to calm down a panicked neighborhood full of gossips and know-it-alls who think they can “help” police solve their case. You’ve obviously been watching too many CSI’s. Chill, lock your doors, and start watching Dr. Phil.

  • Connor says:

    But knowing and getting the case together to ensure a conviction are two different things. Remember how long it took to arrest Jason Young? Over three years, and even though a chicken can see he was guilty, still, some lame-o’s on the jury let some slimy defense attorney convince them to vote not guilty and the jury was hung, so it all has to be re-tried again. Give the prosecutor’s office time to get all the ducks in a row before they decide to instruct the police to make an arrest. For this particular case, when the police told the neighbors there was no danger, just keep doors locked, they knew this was a crime of passion and the perp was not a danger to them. It’s frustrating for her friends and family to have to wait, but unless there are eyewitnesses, a video of the crime, or massive forensic evidence, police can’t arrest someone immediately. If a killer takes some precautions, alot of circumstantial evidence must be compiled before someone can be charged.

  • Guest says:

    Way to go! Bring up the serial killer assumption to heighten the fear already out there!

    Some people just have too much leisure time on their hands (uh, minds).

  • Guest757 says:

    This is taking way too long on getting the results back. If they aren’t back already..
    I know it’s an on going investagation but it seems to the public they aren’t saying anything and by now they should be.

    Could we have a serial killer in the area ?? Remember the other woman found along side of the road in the past 2 years. Maybe all the killings had the same MO??? and thats why they aren’t talking. They haven’t even said the cause of death.. something isn’t right here..

  • Guest says:

    You are right…they have not said much. However, they did state in another update that she was stabbed multiple times.

  • Real Deal says:

    Did you consider the police may already have a suspect? But, judges require probable cause to issue an arrest warrant (with exceptions). And, to convict, a prosecutor wants enough evidence to pursuade a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.

    So, while Guest757 maybe an cyber sleuth, I would rather leave this to those who have been doing this for a while. Maybe they already (not literally) have someone in their grasp, but there are concerns this would go the way of Casey Anthony if an arrest was made at this point? CSI TV shows to the contrary, not all cases get solved in a neat one hour long package.

  • Angry says:

    The police dont know and dont seem to care how concerned the public is. Release more info so that we may provide more leads since obviously they have none!

  • GuestLee says:

    Arrest someone? Anyone? Just to make your neighborhood feel safe? NO neighborhood feels safe these days. But Pine Valley residents seems to react on a larger scale than most other neighborhoods I’ve read about.

    My neighborhood has had crime too – breaking and entering, home invasions, drug dealing, someone being kidnapped from their home and taken to a different location to be murdered. It’s all there, in almost every neighborhood. So you take precautions, you lock your doors and windows, you establish a neighborhood watch program, you check in on your neighbors. But you DON’T panic, spread gossip to heighten everyone’s fear, or try to coerce Police into arresting someone before their investigation is complete. The best thing you can do is to watch out for each other and report anything suspicious to the Police.

  • not rocket science! says:

    Now let me guess who the killer just might be? OK it is hard to choose which man did it. But we all know it was one of her boyfriends. How can either be smarter than our entire police force? There were no bloody foot prints or finger prints???Oh well, it’s just another woman.

  • GuestLee says:

    No matter which neighborhood you live in, you should always keep your doors locked. It’s an unsafe world nowadays, and anyone who leaves doors and windows unlocked (in ANY neighborhood) is giving crooks an open invitation. Some nuts are into home invasions, so even locked doors might not help, but at least you wouldn’t be making it easy for them. Don’t panic or be fearful; just take precautions.

    When you say “there is chatter in the neighborhood”, don’t you mean gossip? I once heard it said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Your statement says a lot about your neighborhood. Just remember, whoever gossips TO you will gossip ABOUT you.

  • Pine Valley and scared says:

    I attended the meeting for Pine Valley residents only which occured about a month ago. They said they had a suspect at the meeting but wouldn’t release any other info. We were made to feel safe (not!) when the police chief said “You don’t have anything to worry about, just keep your doors locked”. There is chatter in the neighborhood about a riff between ex boyfriend, Carol, new boyfriend, etc. I would put money on it being one of those 2 guys, but again those of us who live near remain on edge.

  • Sherlock says:

    There has been no update, no new meeting with residents, nothing but a dumpster in the poor ladies yard to collect her things.

    I guess if a murder doesn’t happen on Dawson street the police aren’t interested.

  • Craig Gruber says:

    He moved (rather quickly) to another town not too far from Wilmington. He’s probably sweating it out, waiting for the police to show up at his door or new workplace at any time. The pressure may make him crack, who knows? But there’s no danger (from this perp) to the neighborhood of the late Carol Ann Johnson. I repeat, the police need to compile the circumstantial evidence – or there can’t be an arrest. If you want this guy convicted you must be patient. They know who did it – as anyone who has read the newspapers should, too.

  • Guest11221 says:

    WWAY should attack/treat this case with the same if not more tenacity and vigor as they are spending on anything involving Brian Berger. Where is the RANT(with that dumba** music)? Why isn’t Cliff Pyron following the detectives or the Chief around the PD like he followed Berger? I guess this story is too real and not a Jerry Springer episode. For the record. I a do not support Berger, in fact i think he is a nut. But it is strange how little media attention this story has attracted. WWAY your priorities are mixed up.

  • Guest says:

    I have NEVER posted a comment before, but this was just too right-on to pass up…Why is Wilmington not more up in arms over the lack of information we are receiving about this murder? I am not a fan of Brian Berger either, but the media has been relentless about their coverage of his escapades!

  • Guest says:

    That wasn’t Cliff.

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