Northampton County woman found dead behind abandoned trailer
Posted June 25, 2012
Garysburg, N.C. — Northampton County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a woman found shot to death in the town of Garysburg.
Firefighters found Crystal Bell, 29, Sunday afternoon on the back deck of an abandoned mobile home in the 1200 block of Macon Price Road, where they were responding to reports of a fire. Bell's car had been on fire.
The crime scene is less than 2 miles from her boyfriend Shawn Robinson's home, where the two had been living with their 8-month-old daughter.
"I'm still stunned, waiting for police to give me answers about what has taken place and what happened," Robinson said Monday.
Investigators won't comment on the case but said Monday that they are following up on leads.
Robinson, Bell's boyfriend of nine years, said the couple was in the process of splitting up and that Bell was looking to buy a new home.
According to emergency records, there have been 70 calls from Robinson's home, at 216 Blyche Road, to 911 since 2004. Seven of those were domestic violence complaints.
Investigators would not comment on the calls or say whether Robinson is a suspect in Bell's death. He denied any involvement.
Bell's sister, Jennifer Soria, said Monday that Bell feared for her life.
"She said, 'If anything ever happens to me, please make sure that you take the baby,’" Soria said.
Someone burned down her home, at 12 Anthem Drive in Roanoke Rapids, in October 2011, the same day Bell gave birth to her daughter.
Eighteen months prior to that fire, Soria said, someone also set fire to Bell's home.
Both cases were ruled arson and are still under investigation.