Camp Lejeune husband charged with the murder of his Fort Bragg wife

Published: Jul. 14, 2008 at 3:54 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2008 at 9:44 PM EDT
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John Wimunc
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Holley Wimunc
Holley Wimunc

CUMBERLAND COUNTY -- An Onslow County community will gather Monday night to remember a murdered Fort Bragg Soldier.

23-year-old John Wimunc is in police custody, charged with the murder of his wife, 24-year-old Holley Wimunc, and then covering up his crime.

Wimunc's friend, Lance Corporal Kyle Alden is charged with accessory after the fact.

The Army nurse disappeared Thursday, July 10.  Police found evidence of arson in her smoldering apartment.

Holley's body was found in a shallow grave in Sneads Ferry, but authorities believe she was murdered in Fayetteville.

Thursday, July 17, John's parents spoke out about their son.  They said this is a hard time, but they will back up their son 100%.  They pledged to support him through the legal process.

Two Camp Lejeune Marines faced a judge July 15, both charged in the death of Fort Bragg Soldier Holley Wimunc.

Investigators believe they found Holley's charred remains Sunday, July 13 in a shallow grave in Sneads Ferry.

The court proceedings in Cumberland County didn't take long.  A judge laid out the charges against Corporal John Wimunc and Lance Corporal Kyle Alden.

Corporal Wimunc is charged with first degree murder in the death of his wife.  He is also facing arson charges in connection with a fire at Holley's apartment in Fayetteville.

Investigators have accused Alden of assisting Wimunc in the crimes.  His charges include first degree arson, conspiracy, and accessory after the fact to murder.

Both men are being held without bond and are due back in court August 5.

They were arrested Sunday morning at Camp Lejeune, where they were stationed.

According to investigators, John and Holley had a history of domestic problems.

Deputies, Investigators, and CSI Investigators of the Onslow County Sheriff's Office responded to call from a citizen in Sneads Ferry who said he found the charred remains of a human body off Old Folkstone Road on July 13.

Initially, paraphernalia around the charred remains gave investigators strong suspicions that the body could be that of Wimunc's wife, missing Army 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc.

According to Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown, the body was dismembered, set on fire, and buried in a shallow grave.

Brown said the case has striking similarities to those of the murder of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach.

Officials in charge of the exhumation process said it went well.  Most of the body was recovered and a lot of evidence was collected.

NCIS, the Fayetteville Police Department, and the State SBI were contacted to investigate the scene.

To hear the 911 call when the fire and body was found, click here, to go to the website.

Reported by Kelli O'Hara and Lynda Figueredo

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