Deputies release more information on murder after woman captured in Alabama

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Deputies have released more information on last week's murder of a disabled veteran after the suspect was caught in Alabama.

Tips led to Saturday's capture of Saundra Wagner in Dothan after a police chase that ended when she crashed her vehicle.

The Maysville woman was wanted for the murder of James Pannoni.

Onslow County deputies now say an autopsy says Pannoni was stabbed to death and that he and Wagner had been in a relationship for several months.

Detectives tried to speak with Wagner, but they say she left the area before being located.

The woman remains in the hospital and is also facing charges in Alabama for the chase. There is no timetable for when Wagner will go before a judge to see if she voluntarily returns to face the murder charge.


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A woman wanted in connection to the murder of an Onslow County man was arrested Saturday in Alabama.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said a news tip helped police in Dothan, Alabama Saundra Wagner.

The 47-year-old of Maysville was wanted for the murder of James Pannoni. Pannoni was found dead in his home on Chasity Way in Hubert Monday.

Officials said Wagner was taken into custody after a brief car chase, which ended after she wrecked her vehicle.

Wagner is currently under watch at a hospital in Alabama.

No word yet on when she will extradited back to North Carolina to face charges.



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A Maysville woman is wanted for the murder of a disabled veteran earlier this week.

Onslow County deputies say Saundra Wagner, 47, could be in Ohio, possibly near Hebron or Columbus.

Wagner should be considered armed and dangerous, according to deputies.

James Pannoni was found dead at his Chasity Way home on Monday after his daughter in Massachusetts reported him missing.

Wagner could be driving a dark gray Toyota Corolla with NC registration RZE-5390.

She is approximately 5'2" tall and weighs between 130 and 160 pounds. The woman has "Jason" tattooed on her right thigh and a heart-shaped tattoo on her right upper chest.

Anyone with information on Wagner should call deputies at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.


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Deputies are trying to piece together a timeline for an Eastern Carolina disabled veteran found murdered in his home on Monday.

The body of James Pannoni was discovered inside his Chasity Way home after the man's daughter contacted local police in Massachusetts saying she hadn't heard from him in days.

The man's truck, a tan 2000 Toyota Tundra, was found parked between two abandoned trailers near the Patriot Place Mobile Home Park on Hubert Boulevard Sunday evening. The driver's window was rolled down and the keys were in the ignition, according to Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller.

Pannoni hadn't been seen for about a week and the daughter last heard from him on his birthday last month.

Anyone who may have seen the man or his pickup truck between March 31st and April 8th should give investigators a call.

The sheriff believes Pannoni was targeted in this murder and they do have some potential persons of interest in the case. He says any information, no matter how minor should be given to investigators at 910-455-3113.


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Deputies in one Eastern Carolina county say they are investigating a homicide.

Onslow County deputies say they found James Pannoni dead inside his home on Chasity Way in Hubert on Monday.

They say the man had not been seen for about a week and his daughter had not heard from him since his birthday last month.

Deputies say Sunday night they were called by the Truro, Massachusetts Police Department after the man's daughter reported her father missing.

They went to the man's home and nothing appeared to be out of place, according to deputies, who later that night found Pannoni's vehicle abandoned on Hubert Boulevard. The driver's side window was rolled down and the keys were in the ignition.

On Monday, investigators got a search warrant for the man's home and discovered the body.

Anyone with information on Pannoni's death should call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.