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FIRST ON 3: Body found in SC 11 years ago identified as Brunswick Co. woman
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The body of a Brunswick County woman found 11 years ago has finally been identified. Investigators in South Carolina say the remains they found more than a decade ago are Michelle Haggadon of Bolivia.
Haggadon’s family has been waiting for answers about where she was or what happened to her for a long time. They recently got that closure.
In December 2000 a missing person report was filed on Haggadon.
“She disappeared from a truck stop from an area hotel, kind of truck stop if you will,” said Monica Caison of the CUE Center for Missing Persons. “It was known to truckers to basically bed down. It was a cheaper hotel in Leland, NC. She left out one evening, her boyfriend reported her initially missing in Brunswick County and she’s never been seen or heard from since.”
According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, about three weeks ago they received a notification on a match to DNA sent to a science center three years ago. The remains found in Darlington County, SC, back in 2000 were indeed that of Haggadon.
“The emotion of it’s pretty tough, because it’s like, you know, take the 11 years out, it’s like she passed away yesterday, because you literally get that answer,” Haggadon’s sister Tuesday Miller said.
Caison has been working on this case for over ten years. She has been working closely with the Haggadon family for most of that time.
“They wanted answers; they finally have them,” Caison said. “I think it’s going to be a little bit of healing for her children. Some time will have to pass there, but I think to know that their mother didn’t abandon them, and that she truly was a missing person. I think that’s going to mean a lot in their adult life.”
The DNA match comes after John Wayne Boyer admitted to killing Haggadon.
Boyer is a trucker, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the 2003 death of Scarlett Wood.
According to Caison, following multiple confessions investigators have labeled him a serial killer and are working to see if he is linked to other missing persons cases.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says Darlington County is processing warrants on Boyer for killing Haggadon.
In April 2005, the body of a white female was discovered in Hickman County, Tennessee. The body, found in an abandoned parking lot, was later identified as 25-year-old Jennifer Smith, of Bucksnort, Tennessee. A DNA profile was collected during an autopsy and placed in the National DNA Database.
In December 2007, a match occurred between the DNA profile collected in Hickman County and a North Carolina convicted offender – John Wayne Boyer.
John Wayne Boyer, brought back to the New Hanover County Detention Facility in June, confessed to the 2005 Hickman County Murder as he was interviewed by Detectives from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office.
Tennessee officials have confirmed that John Wayne Boyer, 52, was indicted on one count of First Degree Murder by the Hickman County Grand Jury earlier this week.
The Tennessee investigation discovered Boyer worked as a truck driver in 2004 and 2005 and stopped at a truck stop in Denmark, TN to refuel his tractor-trailer. He picked the victim up on April 18, 2005 and had sex with her in his truck. The two later had an argument and physical altercation occurred that resulted in Smith’s death.
Boyer’s current North Carolina sentence expires in 2017.
In January 2006, John Wayne Boyer confessed to the murder of Scarlett Wood and was convicted of Second Degree Murder. Boyer was ordered to serve a twelve year sentence in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
Wood disappeared in 2003 and her skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area off Kerr Avenue in 2004, but they went unidentified until 2006.