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Pregnant woman who made distress call found dead

Posted July 15, 2009
Updated July 16, 2009

— A pregnant woman who made a distress call Wednesday afternoon was later found dead, Fayetteville authorities said.

Police and members of the Cumberland County Bomb Squad responded to the call at a home at 2995 BrookCrossing Drive, off Lakewood Drive, just before 3 p.m. Initial information provided to WRAL News indicated that the police response was due to a standoff.

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Monique Lingenfelter, 40, who was four months pregnant, was apparently threatening to hurt herself, authorities said Wednesday evening.

“She threatened to do herself harm, so of course, we responded. We could not make contact with anybody inside the home,” police spokeswoman Theresa W. Chance said.

Authorities first sent a robot inside the home to search for Lingenfelter, but it was unable to confirm if anyone was inside.

At about 10 p.m., authorities said they entered the home and found her dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lingenfelter was the wife of Sgt. Fred Lingenfelter, who is assigned to the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg. He told police earlier in the day that he had firearms inside the home.

The surrounding houses were evacuated as a precaution, authorities said.

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“For now, we're just hoping to get home, let our dog out, that sort of thing,” evacuated neighbor Ajala Van Dyke said late Wednesday.

Residents were allowed back into their homes shortly after 10 p.m.


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  • nursevb8 Jul 16, 2009

    I feel bad for this woman. Did healthcare fail her or was this something sudden? Did her husband not see some sign? Evidently no shots were heard for some reason in this close knit "gated neighborhood", atleast not in the 7hr "standoff". But, if a robot couldn't find her and they were not able to contact her, wouldn't that give you some kind of clue that she may have already harmed herself. Think maybe a little better robot may be on the horizon. Cops put thereselves on the line at times, but I just think something more could have been done.

  • seaturtlesrule Jul 16, 2009

    Another victim of the nonexistent NC mental healthcare system~~~

    God bless~~~

  • Professor Jul 16, 2009

    As an officer they should be prepared for any circumstances that meet them. If they cannot deal with certain issues, like getting shot, then they really need to find another job. Yes, they should have the bullet proof vest on every time they go to a scene. Being safe is saving a life.

  • Professor Jul 16, 2009

    Sounds like she had mental issues. The baby never stood a chance of being born.

  • The Fox Jul 16, 2009

    [No where in their job description does it say that they are to go out and take a bullet for anyone.]So we shouldn't pay for the bullet proof vests then?

  • Granny Jul 16, 2009

    so sad....these stories break my heart. What could be so bad in a person's life for them to do this to themself and that precious unborn child....I cannot imagine anything being that bad! We just have to take it one day at the time.

  • csswisher Jul 16, 2009

    sad - sounds like this woman may have had something to hide......clearly she was in emotional pain.

  • mpheels Jul 16, 2009

    Don't be too hard on the neighbor based on one quote. We don't know what exactly the reporter asked her, how much she knew about the situation, or what else she said that wasn't quoted.

  • ncguy Jul 16, 2009

    Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

    My thoughts go out to the family as I have had to deal with that before- the questions are many and the answers are few

  • dogluvr26 Jul 16, 2009

    First, I must say how sad this is and that my heart goes out to the family, particularly her husband, who must now cope with the tragic loss of two family members. It's unfortunate she felt this was her only option; she clearly was not in her right state of mind and not a single one of us has any room to be in judgment of her. I'm sure she was trying her hardest to be happy and find peace.

    What bothers me about the actual article (beyond the obvious content) is that the neighbor's completely insensitive-sounding quote was included and so awkwardly at that. It could've been taken out of context, she might have first offered her sympathy, etc., but the reporter was clearly looking to specifically cover the aspect of the neighborhood evacuation. Why do it so horribly though?! It just seems to come from left field w/out much segue and then BAM! You're left thinking about the neighbor's awkward comment instead of the point of the story.