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Devastated family grieves after Fayetteville woman's remains found

Posted November 15, 2013
Updated November 16, 2013

— 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."  Marcella Anne Thompson Fayetteville skeletal remains identified as missing woman

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.


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  • BeKind Nov 15, 2013

    Sorry her loved ones are suffering through this and feel dreadful about the discovery. May they find strength to carry on and may justice get served quickly and adequately.

  • stymieindurham Nov 15, 2013

    You judged the guy with the pickup and wife in the street based upon his looks, how do you judge this lady?
    I think she looks like a lady who should have a couple of big brothers to take care of this problem. The courts WILL NOT do it. I may be wrong but, I see something of an innocence in her look. Condolances to her famiy.

  • Gatsby Nov 15, 2013

    "I seriously think it's time to close Fayetteville and relocate their residents."

    Or at least impose martial law because It seems like one of the most dangerous places on earth at the moment. If you watch Fox 50 news at 10...The 1st 3 stories usually involve a crime there.

  • Fireflies Rock Nov 15, 2013

    so sad. It seems like Fayetteville is a very dangerous place to live, but then, Raleigh seems that way lately too. I'm so sorry this woman's disappearance ended up being a homicide; I'm sure her family was hoping against all odds she would be found alive.

  • pappy1 Nov 15, 2013

    From an earlier WRAL item: Marcella Anne Thompson was last seen leaving her home around 10 a.m. on Sept. 23 wearing a pink T-shirt and pajama pants.

  • LetsBeFair Nov 15, 2013

    there are some very bad people out there.

  • LetsBeFair Nov 15, 2013

    Gosh ... so disturbing. RIP ma'am.

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 15, 2013

    I think the guy just found the car with the keys in it and stole it. No one is dumb enough to murder someone then get caught driving around in the victim's car, right?

  • anneonymousone Nov 15, 2013

    It is my hope that this woman's friends and family members find out that she did not suffer, and that, as horrid as it is that they now know she is dead, there is some comfort to be found in having some of their questions answered.

  • stymieindurham Nov 15, 2013

    Wow. No concern nor respect for human life. Sad.