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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman found dead in her Wilmington home was discovered by her fiance, according to a 911 call. Police are investigating Carol Ann Johnson’s death as a murder.

The man, who did not give his name and was sobbing as an operator answered, said he came home from work and found the 59-year-old on the floor of the kitchen at 338 Pine Valley Drive. The man said there was blood everywhere, she was not breathing and her body was "cold as ice." He also said the front door was unlocked and the outside lights were on, which he said was unusual.

Listen to the 911 call

The man said there was a towel around her ankles, and there was blood near her feet and head. He said Johnson planned to stay up until midnight and ring a bell at 12:01 a.m. for the 4th of July

The man said he had not been through the whole house, so the dispatcher told the man to leave for his safety and wait in his car.

The dispatcher asks him if he believes Johnson is "beyond any help."

"Yes," he answers choked by tears. "Please get an ambulance here."

The man says he left around 8:45 p.m. to get something to eat on the way to work. He says he said goodbye to Johnson as he left, and she gave him a kiss. Police responded to the call around 3:17 a.m.

"My God. Who would’ve done something like this?" the man says. "She’s the love of my life."

Martha Soulen lives just a few houses down from Johnson. Soulen says she had spoken to Johnson and her fiancé a few weeks ago about improvements they wanted to make on their home.


“They seemed very excited,very happy about having the roof redone and getting their lives together and hopefully things would work out for both of them,” said Soulen.


Some neighbors WWAY spoke with did not go on camera for fear of their safety.  Police have not announced any suspects.

“It could have been any number of people who came around the house and knew them or somebody who didn’t know them,” said Soulen. “It could be random or not.”


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