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Northampton County woman found dead behind abandoned trailer

Posted June 25, 2012

— 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.

Crystal Bell Woman found dead behind abandoned trailer

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.


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  • JS82084 Jun 26, 2012

    people can think what they want about Crystal, but she was a smart, college educated girl. No one knows what she went through, what type of fear she lived in, and no one has the right to assume things about her by the little bit of information that was included in this story. and storchheim, Crystal and Miracle don't need your pity! She was an excellent mother and friend, she gave and gave and never expected anything in return!

  • suzanf Jun 26, 2012

    "Congratulations" to the police for moving so fast on the earlier crimes. Now they won't have her to complain about their progress. Great way to lessen the public pressure. Let the prep kill off the complainers.

  • n ter tained Jun 26, 2012

    That poor baby isn't going to grow up with her Mommy...That kills me. :(

  • sabby06 Jun 26, 2012

    i agree with you bgreen. but i guess we need to see what develops from this

  • piene2 Jun 26, 2012

    "It's no doubt who did this.She was moving on and he could not take it.

    Why I have no use for the jury system.

  • lisa4 Jun 26, 2012

    Maybe they need to check on an ex lover of the boyfriend. Just saying....her house burned down the day she gave birth??? Was the boyfriend with her then at the hospital?

  • bgreen114 Jun 26, 2012

    It's no doubt who did this.She was moving on and he could not take it.