WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A search warrant reveals what might have happened the weekend before two Wilmington women were reported missing, just hours before their bodies were found in a burning barn in Columbus County.
The affidavit reveals a church member reported Eva Jones, 60, and Tiffany Cartwright, 35, missing on Monday after the two women failed to show up to work the nursery at church on Sunday, and after it was confirmed Cartwright didn’t show up to work at Holly Tree Elementary.
Investigators learned that Jones’s other daughter, Sara Harmon, had recently moved out of the home she shared with her ex-husband Jeffery Harmon in Myrtle Beach, SC. The affidavit says there’s evidence that suggests Jones and Cartwright drove to Myrtle Beach to possibly meet with Jeffery Harmon. Cell phone records confirm the victim’s cell phones were in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.
On Monday night, Columbus County fire departments responded to a brush fire on Silver Spoon Road. During the investigation, two bodies were found inside a burning barn. An autopsy later confirmed the identities of the bodies as Jones and Cartwright.
The day after the bodies were found, Jeffery Harmon committed suicide in South Carolina.
Jones’s daughter Sara gave consent for investigators to enter her mother’s home on Cameron Court to search for evidence of foul play. When investigators entered the home, it appeared that the carpet in the dining area had been recently cleaned and was still wet. Investigators also saw what appeared to be reddish stains on one of the table legs and carpet, according to the warrant.
Based on that evidence, investigators then requested a search warrant to look for evidence of a homicide.
They seized several items from the home, including carpet and the carpet pad from the dining room, rags, dryer lint trap, two cell phones, a tablet, and a vacuum.
Investigators have not revealed whether Harmon’s suicide is linked the murder of his mother-in-law and sister-in-law.
A memorial service is being held tomorrow for the two women at Life Community Church at 3:00 p.m.