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Deputies Say Elderly Woman Killed By Great Niece Over Money Dispute

Deputies now say an elderly Newport woman was killed by her great niece because of money.

Goldie Hall's body was found last Thursday in a remote area of Carl Garner Road, a week after her home caught fire and she was no where to be found.

Her great niece, Rhonda Hagan, was charged last week with her murder. Now deputies say Hagan killed her great aunt because of a dispute over money owed.

An autopsy performed Monday in Greenville showed the woman died from blunt force injuries to her head.

Hagan remains in the Carteret County jail without bond.


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An autopsy says an elderly Carteret County woman died from a blow to her head. Her great niece has been charged with the murder of the missing woman.

90-year-old Goldie Hall's body was found Thursday afternoon, exactly one week after a fire at her Highway 24 home.

The autopsy, performed today in Greenville, says the woman died from blunt force injuries to her head. Detectives said Hall’s body was discovered wrapped in a blanket and found in a wooded area.

Rhonda Hagan was charged last Wednesday with her great aunt's murder. Deputies have not said what they believe is a possible motive in the murder.

Hagan called in the fire to her great aunt's home, telling dispatchers she went inside and couldn't find the woman.


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>> Hall 911 Call Audio

Deputies say a woman accused of killing her great aunt actually called 911 about a fire at the victim's home.

Goldie Hall's home on Highway 24 outside of Newport caught fire last Thursday, and that's when the 90 year old woman was discovered missing.

In the tape, Rhonda Hagan seemed calm and was not emotional.

911: Is anybody in there?
Hagan: Not that we can find. I went in there and looked and I couldn't find her.
911: Ok, where it is burning?
Hagan: I looked in the kitchen.
911: It's in the kitchen?
Hagan: Yes.
911: Ok, do you see flames or smoke?
Hagan: Yes.
911: Do you see both?
Hagan: Yes.

Hagan was charged Wednesday night with the woman's murder, while deputies found her body Thursday afternoon.

Detectives are not releasing specific information about the crime or the cause of death until the medical examiner’s office performs an autopsy in Greenville. That autopsy is expected Monday.


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The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office says detectives and SBI agents discovered the body of 90-year-old Goldie Hall on the property of Garner Farms located at the north end of Carl Garner Rd near the Newport Flea Mall in Newport.

Detectives say Hall’s body was discovered wrapped in a blanket and found in a wooded area approximately 300 yards north east of the main gate. Authorities say additional evidence related to the crime scene was also collected from the area.

Detectives are not releasing specific information about the crime or the cause of death until the medical examiner’s office performs an autopsy in Greenville.

Detectives say the body of Ms.Hall has been transported to the morgue at Carteret General Hospital by Newport Fire and Rescue.

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Authorities say they have found a body in Carteret County, and they confirm it is a murdered woman who has been missing for a week.

90-year-old Goldie Hall was last seen more than a week ago. Her home on Highway 24 caught fire last Thursday and last night her great-niece was charged with her murder.

Authorities say Hall's body was found between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. this afternoon on Carl Garner Road, behind the Newport flea market. The scene was in a field down a dirt driveway. Lawmen tell us several tips from the community led them to the location.

An autopsy is scheduled.


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A 30 year old Newport woman appeared before a judge this morning, charged with the murder of her great aunt. Now deputies are asking for the public's help if they have seen the niece recently driving her vehicle.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office says they, along with SBI agents, arrested Rhonda Hagan of Nine Foot Rd. in Newport at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. She is charged with the murder of her great aunt, 90-year-old Goldie Hall.

Hall's body has not been recovered, while the murder warrant lists last Thursday as the date of her death. SBI agents and county investigators are back out at her home again today.

Deputies say Hagan drives a blue 2004 Ford Expedition. They are asking anyone who saw Hagan driving the vehicle after noon last Thursday to call their tip line at 252-728-8444. To view more pictures of the SUV, click on the image above to view the slideshow.

Hall was last seen last Wednesday, the day before a fire broke out in her home on Highway 24 in Newport. The search for Hall began following the fire.

Hagan is being held without bond. The judge set her next court date for October 12th. So far deputies have not said what a possible motive might be in the murder.

As she was being led back to jail, family members yelled out, "We love you Rhonda".


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The Carteret County Sheriff's Office set up a road block Wednesday to see if they can get more information in a missing person case.

Law enforcement officials say 90-year-old Goldie Hall was last seen a week ago Wednesday. The next day her home on Highway 24 in Newport caught fire.

Around 4:00 o'clock Wednesday, deputies set up a road block to question drivers on any information that could lead to finding her.

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A reward is now being offered for information on a missing elderly woman whose home caught fire last week.

90-year-old Goldie Hall was last seen on Wednesday, the day before her home on Highway 24 in Broad Creek caught fire.

Now the Carteret County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of those responsible "for the disappearance and endangerment" of the woman.

Deputies have not said whether the fire is suspicious or not. A news release does not mention how much the reward is that's being offered.

A dedicated 24 hour tip line in the case has been set up. Anyone with information on Hall should call 252-728-8444.


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The State Bureau Of Investigation is now at the scene of a house fire in Carteret County where the elderly owner is missing.

Deputies are asking for your help to find the missing 90-year-old woman whose house caught fire Thursday. Goldie Hall of 2065 Hwy 24 in Newport was reportedly last seen Wednesday at her residence in Broad Creek.

Thursday, fire officials responded to a 911 call that the residence was on fire and were able to contain the blaze. The sheriff's office says the fire mostly burned the kitchen area of the house and the remaining portions of the residence are still in tact. Officials say they searched the house and surrounding property, but were unable to locate Hall.

Hall is described as a white female, 5’02”, approximately 100 lbs. She is not operating a vehicle at this time. Anyone with information on Hall is asked to call the Carteret County Communications Center at (252) 726-1911 or the Sheriff’s Office at (252) 504-4800.


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