Devastated family grieves after Fayetteville woman's remains found
Posted November 15, 2013
Updated November 16, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — Police said Friday that human remains found Tuesday off railroad tracks south of downtown Fayetteville are those of a Fayetteville woman who has been missing for two months.
Marcella Anne Thompson, 39, was last seen leaving her home on Sept. 23 to run errands. Her car was found on Oct. 1 when a man crashed it while fleeing police.
A man walking along a rail line that parallels Winslow Street spotted the remains Tuesday afternoon about 5 feet off the tracks near the Southern Avenue intersection, police said. He reported the find to employees in a nearby Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad office, and they called police.
Terrin Thompson, Marcella's husband of 12 years, said Friday he does not know how he will go on without her.
Thompson said he met his wife around Valentine's day back in 1998. They were married three years later and now have a 2-year-old daughter, Ally.
"We had a whole plan, our whole life laid out. It's all gone now," he said.
Terrin Thompson said he will make sure little Ally will always be able to picture her mother.
"She was one of the most caring and loving people I've ever met," he said. "She loved her daughter and couldn't get enough time with her."
The man accused of driving Marcella Thompson's car, Pierre Rouchant Lowe, 38, crashed it and ran from the scene, according to authorities. He was charged with hit-and-run, flee and elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lowe not been named a suspect in Thompson's death. He was in the Cumberland County jail Saturday under an $8,000 bond.
Thompson's remains were sent to a medical examiner for an autopsy, and police haven't released a cause of death.
Thompson was one of seven active missing persons cases that the Fayetteville police have opened since January 2010.