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Female Army officer missing from burned apartment

Posted July 10, 2008
Updated July 11, 2008

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— Fayetteville police were looking Thursday for a missing Army lieutenant from Fort Bragg whose apartment was found partially burned in what they called a case of arson.

Police withheld the name of the female officer and her unit, though she was believed to be assigned to Womack Army Medical Center. People from her unit came to check on her Thursday morning after she didn't show up for work, and they found the apartment had been burned and the lieutenant was gone.

Several hours after their investigation began, officials ordered the multi-unit building evacuated because, they said, they feared fire could break out again. There was a smell of gasoline at the building, and police classified the case as arson.

Residents were told they would have to be away at least overnight Thursday.

"It's an arson and a missing person (case). That's what we're investigating," Fayetteville police Capt. David Houp said.

The call for police to come to the Morganton Place Apartments, at 146 Wayah Creek Drive off Morganton Road, came in just after 9 a.m. No fire had been reported overnight, and police said it apparently burned itself out before anyone noticed.

Neighbor Roland Petty said he had seen a man running from the area late Wednesday night and smelled smoke in the area. He didn't identify it as coming from the building, however.

Yellow police tape cordoned off the apartment parking lot as officers investigated. They found the soldier’s car there and towed it away for detectives to examine..

Police also found a window shattered and two or three bedrooms had been burned. A police report says the soldier was going through a divorce, but detectives would not confirm Thursday afternoon that they wanted to question her husband about arson. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the State Bureau of Investigation were at the scene with Fayetteville police.

It was not known if Thursday was the first day the lieutenant missed at work, and police would not say whether they thought the woman was in danger.

This incident follows the discovery last month of a Fort Bragg soldier dead in her hotel room in Fayetteville after she had not reported for duty with her unit.

The death of Spc. Megan Touma of Cold Spring, Ky., is being treated as a homicide.


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  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 11, 2008

    rogers922- I thought some more on your comments and thought every girls dating should immediately do this. Maybe this would cut down on missing girls. Very good information. Thanks. Maybe someone out there is LISTENING.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 11, 2008

    Absolutely, you had a very smart grandfather. You what, and you LISTENED. That is all he wanted you to do and to make wise choices like you did in the husband that you chose. Teach this to your daughters and sons too. Have a blessed weekend. Be safe.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 11, 2008


    People be smart. They are killing these pregnant woman so THE WOMAN HE IS MARRIED TOO/or GIRL-FRIEND WILL NOT KNOW ANOTHER WOMAN IS PREGNANT WITH HIS CHILD. SO HE END HER LIFE. Sooner or later the wife will find out.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 11, 2008

    What is up with our military these days. This is the 3rd report of someone in the military going missing in the past year.

    The President and military should set some strong values to married soldiers and have consequence what will happen when they decide to cross the line. This has been going on far too long. Who is next?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 11, 2008


    You won't be amazed how many married soldiers are playing around. The wife has no idea until a child is brought into a relationship. Soldiers are not all that, ladies. Stay away from them. They are nothing but trouble. On top of that their Captain or whoever is over them covers for them in their extremarital relationships. Its a shame. Children loosing their lives or the one that did make it, don't really have a daddy. This should make you sick. So ladies stay away from these men. Matter of fact, check them out.

  • bulldoggg03 Jul 11, 2008

    What is up with our military these days. This is the 3rd report of someone in the military going missing in the past year.

  • elfprincess Jul 11, 2008

    I do notice the story says she and husband were in middle of divorce, however it does notmentin if he was also military. This seems to be the same scenario that played out at the end of the 1st Gulf War....I live in an area with three military bases within 50-70 miles. Thee were a lot of divorces but also an inordinate amount of homicides committed by folks who had been thru more than they could deal with over there. Wonder if this is any way related?

  • tarheelblue919 Jul 11, 2008


    heres the link to all the stories related to the pregnant soldiers death, including the one with the letter.

  • rogers922 Jul 11, 2008

    The Fayetteville Observer has a much more complete story on this here:

  • rogers922 Jul 11, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk wrote,"Young ladies need to be aware what kind of man they are keeping company with."

    You are absolutely correct. When I was unmarried my grandfather gave me a tip on dating which I did faithfully until I got married. He told me that I needed to write down what I knew of the guy, date, time, name, where he worked, type of car, where we were going (movies, restaurant,etc) and a time table of when I would be back. Then to place in an envelope and either mail it to myself or hide in the apt. If something happened, the letter would be found in the mailbox or in the house. It would give the investigators something to go on. Grandpa was a very wise man and I miss him daily.