Medical Examiner's report leaves unanswered questions about Elisha Tucker's death

Elisha Tucker (Source: WECT)
Elisha Tucker (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - We've obtained the medical examiner's report from the death of Elisha Tucker and it still leaves many unanswered questions about what happened to her. The details in the report are gruesome.

Elisha Tucker disappeared in August of 2013.

Her remains were found in April of 2014 near a farm off of Hoover Road in Pender County.

On the report, the original name of the deceased is listed as Jane Doe; however, that was crossed out and filled in as "Elisha Marie Tucker."

The ME's report reveals that Tucker had traumatic head, chest and neck injuries; however, the report does not list a specific cause of death.

According to the report, the body was found in black garbage bags feet below the surface.

The report also details the decomposition of the victim's body.

Originally, investigators believed the remains were that of missing Wilmington woman Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk.

James Bradley is charged with the first degree murder in Vannewkirk's death, although her body has not been located.

Vannewkirk was last seen entering The Husk Bar in downtown Wilmington on Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m.

During a hearing on the case against Bradley, the District Attorney called him a suspect in Tucker's homicide, but no charges have been filed against him yet.

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