New details about Wimunc's life revealed

July 12, 2008 2:18:02 PM PDT
Fayetteville Police are still searching for clues as to the whereabouts of Holley Wimunc.Wimunc, 24, was reported missing Thursday morning by her supervisor at Womack Army Medical Center when she didn't show up for work. Wimunc is a 2nd lieutenant assigned to Fort Bragg's Charlie Company. She worked as an nurse on the maternity ward at the hospital.

Her unit commander dispatched officials and called Fayetteville police to her apartment home on Morganton Road. When police arrived they found her apartment burned out and smoldering, with a strong odor of gasoline.

"When officers arrived on the scene it was determined that there was evidence of an arson," Fayetteville Police Lt. David Sportsman said.

Investigators say two bedrooms were burned and a back window was broken out. Wimunc was missing, but her car was still in the parking lot.

Eyewitness News has learned Holley Wimunc has a daughter and according to the Fayetteville Observer, the little girl is safe.

According to court documents, Lt. Wimunc is going through a divorce. In May she took out a restraining order against her Marine husband, Corporal John Wimunc. According to court documents, Wimunc told police her husband, "held a loaded 9mm to my head, choked me and threw me around the living room."

Police won't say if Wimunc's estranged husband is a person of interest, but officials at Camp Lejeune say John Wimunc has been questioned by police and released back to his unit.

John Wimunc's family released a statement Saturday. They disagree with what's being said about their son.

"We stand behind our son 100 percent," the statement said. "The accusations and innuendo's about the domestic violence charge are unfounded. The paperwork was filed but the facts were false."

The statement also reads, "We are also worried about Holley and want her back safe for the sake of her family and her kids."

Investigators say they hope to find some answers in the ashes of the soldier's apartment. They are likely to complete the majority of their work at her apartment on Saturday.

Her family released a statement Friday saying they're stunned and praying for Holley's safe return. "Our family is still trying to absorb the impact of this week's stunning events in Fayetteville, North Carolina. First and foremost our concern is for our daughter, Holley - that she will be found and restored to us."

For now police investigators are treating the incident as an arson and missing person's case

There is no link between this case and the murder of pregnant Army Specialist Megan Touma whose body was found in a Fayetteville motel nearly three weeks ago.

If you have any information contact the Fayetteville Police Department Major Crimes Investigation Division at 910-433-1856.


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