Murder suspects make first appearance in Craven County

Two people arrested and charged with murder in the death of missing woman
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 7:24 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2020 at 9:02 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - A brother and sister who are charged in connection with the death of a missing New Bern woman when before a judge Monday morning.

35-year old Leon Mitchell and 41-year old Tyrabia Parker spent just a few minutes each inside the Craven County courtroom for their first appearances.

The brother and sister are charged in the murder of Elizabeth Spencer, whose remains were found in Jones County on Friday.

Spencer had been reported missing by her parents back on June 16th.

Peter Spencer, Elizabeth’s father says, “We lost our daughter forever. And her children lost their mother. And they’ll never really know her except the memories we can share with them.”

Mitchell, who was arrested on First Avenue in New Bern, is charged with first degree murder and is currently being held without bond.

Parker is facing a charge of accessory after the fact of first degree murder, after being arrested in Craven Terrace in New Bern. She is being held under a $750,000 bond.

As a condition of her release if she makes bail, Parker is to have no contact with the victim’s family. Prosecutors have also asked that she be electronically monitored.

Both Mitchell and Parker were assigned court-appointed attorneys.

Each has a next hearing scheduled for July 28th.

Peter Spencer says he will miss spending time with his daughter. “I miss just having moments like that with her.”


The remains of Elizabeth Andrea Spencer were located Friday in a secluded area of Jones County, and two people are charged with killing her.

According to Craven County officials, 35-year-old Leon Mitchell of New Bern was arrested on First Avenue in New Bern and is charged with an open count of murder.

Mitchell’s sister, 41-year-old Tyrabia Parker of Jones County was arrested in Craven Terrace in New Bern and charged with Accessory After the Fact.

Both Mitchell and Parker were placed in the Craven County Jail pending a first appearance in court.

The State Bureau of Investigation, Craven and Onslow County Emergency Services and the Jones and Craven County Sheriffs’ Offices all assisted with the search and investigation.

Authorities say the circumstances surrounding the death of Spencer are still under investigation and they’re asking for the public’s help for more information. They ask that you contact the following agencies to share any information: the New Bern Police Department at (252) 633-2020, the TIPS line at (252) 636-5034, or the Craven County Crime Stopper line at (252)633-5141. For additional information, please contact Captain David Daniels with the New Bern Police Department at (252)672-4285.

Leon Mitchell and Tyrabia Parker were arrested Friday in connection to Spencer's death
Leon Mitchell and Tyrabia Parker were arrested Friday in connection to Spencer's death(New Bern Police Dep.)

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