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Officials Staying Mum About Bullard Murder News Conference

Posted December 5, 2007
Updated December 6, 2007

— The Lee County Sheriff's Office was expected to hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss the Michelle Bullard murder case.

Bullard's skeletal remains were found last year after she had been missing for nearly 10 months.

The sheriff's office has kept a tight lid on what will be said. Nobody has ever been arrested in the murder. A spokesman would not say Wednesday whether the  announcement would have anything to do with a suspect or an arrest.

It's the latest development in a case that began nearly two years ago.

Bullard, 23, was kidnapped on Jan. 2, 2006. Investigators said an armed man wearing a mask broke into a mobile home in the Broadway area of Lee County. Bullard was there watching TV with three friends.

Authorities say the man tied the friends with tape and left each in a separate room, then stole cash and small valuables. When they freed themselves, Bullard and the intruder were gone.

Her wallet and purse turned up a few weeks later along a road in southeastern Cumberland County.

In October 2006, nearly 10 months after her disappearance, a hunter found Bullard's remains. They were in an old cemetery in the Cedar Creek community of Cumberland County, five miles from where her belongings turned up.

An autopsy report stated Bullard died of blunt force trauma to the head. The report said there was no evidence of injuries other than a blow to the left side of her head.

Investigators never named any suspects, only identifying David Earl Wilson, 49, as a person of interest. They said he roughly fit the description of the intruder. But 19 hours after Bullard's disappearance, he committed suicide on a Harnett County road when deputies tried to pull him over.

His family told WRAL last year that his suicide had nothing to do with Bullard and that he was suffering health and marital problems.

Wilson served more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a murder in 1975. It's not clear if he and Bullard knew each other.

Bullard's mother told WRAL by phone that she plans to attend Thursday’s news conference in Sanford. She said she doesn't know what the announcement is but said she doesn't think the case will ever be completely closed.


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  • batcave Dec 6, 2007

    ditto ladyblue

  • URADA Dec 6, 2007

    If this is something more than a ploy for attention by the Lee County Sheriff's Dept. I will be surprised.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Dec 6, 2007

    and isn't it odd that the person of interest has a brother who lives and runs a salvage business about 1 mile from where the remains of Michelle Bullard were found...

    odd, indeed.

  • ladyblue Dec 6, 2007

    I think when someone murders someone they need life without parole. That way we are sure they don't get released to hurt again. If he had been in jail for the first murder this would not be a story to tell.

  • swisher1 Dec 6, 2007

    Yes, thinking the "person of interest" was more interesting than previously thought.......

  • copperbeech Dec 6, 2007

    Am I missing something? The article says that they are keeping quiet about aspects of the case, yet it seems like there's quite a lot of detail about it. What is so untoward about what has been states thus far? Thanks!

  • dell Dec 6, 2007

    Something terrible to live with. Cherish all the good times had.

  • 1crazygirl Dec 6, 2007

    Why havent they told her mother what the news conference is about? I would think she she know before the public does.

  • sunflowerbubbles Dec 6, 2007

    I believe the person of interest killed himself cause he may have done it...may have saved us time and money with legal mess... May Michelle Bullard rest in peace!

  • Myra Dec 6, 2007

    "Keeping Mum"

    The Fayetteville Police Department keeps "mum" on the murder of Pamela Walder, age 16.

    The FBI keeps "mum" on the death of the Fort Bragg 3 year old who died of 'injuries inconsistent with a fall' in August 2007, and the media was "mum" on why the FBI was investigating instead of local law officials.

    The 'Media' is mum on the injuries suffered by the man involved in Ticket-Gate and media was 'mum' on whether it is 'okie dokie' to refuse to sign for a ticket.

    The 'media' was mum on a soldier found dead in his car outside Family Dollar on Person Street months ago; a death not newsworthy enough for a follow up but ticket-gate non-fatal accident is a daily HEADLINER.

    Somebody was 'mum' on a major horrific accident on Bragg Blvd. on October 1, 2007, involving a semi-truct, a car, and a pick-up truck.

    Who decides when it is okay to ''keep mum''? Why is it necessary to headline a story on keeping 'mum'?