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Goldsboro couple arrested in sister's death

Posted August 4, 2011

— The brother and sister-in-law of a missing Goldsboro woman were arrested Thursday and charged in her death.

Gary Metzger, 54, and his wife, Ann Metzger, 34, both of 146 Country View Drive in Goldsboro, are charged with murder in the death of his sister, Jean Metzger Hubbard. 

Police found Hubbard's body in a field on the couple's property on Thursday afternoon. After the body was found, police said the Metzgers ran to a wooded area south of Highway 70 East near the 4000 block where they are arrested. 

Hubbard, 66, was reported missing on Monday. She was last seen Friday leaving her job at the Goldsboro News-Argus newspaper.

Police said they think Hubbard's body had been at the site since at least Saturday. 

"We learned about some arguing going on with family members and that's what piqued our interest and led up to her brother," Sgt. Paige Learnard said.

Learnard said Hubbard had just started to reach out to friends and tell them about her family problems. 

"This is a domestic violence situation and, especially when it's somebody older, and they are telling you they have trouble with family members, you might want to slow down and listen to them," Learnard said. 

Gary and Ann Metzger were being held without bond in the Wayne County jail.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department's K9 Unit, ACE Team, Air Watch and the Goldsboro Police Departments Investigations Division, SEU Team, Patrol Division, the S.B.I., and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Drug Squad assisted in the investigation. 


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  • SAMCRO4ever Aug 5, 2011

    ive never been mad enough at my sister to kill her. ever. wouldnt even think about it...in fact if anything happened to my sister it would devastate me how in the world do people find the evil in themselves to do things like this? And what did they do to this poor lady?

  • buyanest Aug 5, 2011

    I lived several houses up from this lady's house some years ago. If I remember correctly, Jean Hubbard lived with her mother in that house for a number of years before her mother died in 2004. Apparently Jean continued to live there. Inheritance was likely the cause of this friction.

  • Whatever Geez Aug 5, 2011

    this is sad....

  • Scubagirl Aug 5, 2011

    Such a sad story....

    You can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family. Too bad this lady couldn't have had a chance to do that.

    What low-life kills their own sibling? I just don't get it. Greed?

  • hellorhighwaters Aug 5, 2011

    Yes, we all must slow down and listen when a elderly person speaks of abuse from family. Sometimes we don't even see it as abuse; because we don't want to think that way about 'their' family. But just listen closely sometimes, and you will be surprised at what you hear.

    I did; and what I heard shocked to the core. I never, ever knew so much abuse was going on with this elderly person from close family members. Once I seemed to start listening they told me more of the situation. I does pay to listen more closely.

    Listen! Get involved! That's the only way you can help stop this awful abuse. And save someone's life and sanity.

  • The Fox Aug 5, 2011

    It could be inheritance or land. Here's the obit on their mother circa '04


  • thescarletpimpernel Aug 5, 2011

    There has to be more to this story. Siblings killing siblings? 54 years of age killing your older sister. Was it over inheritance, money....? I fear these stories are going to become more frequent given the state of economy woes.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 5, 2011

    You've got to be almost inhuman to murder your kinfolk.

  • Wendellcatlover Aug 5, 2011

    This kinda opened my eyes. When I hear "domestic violence" I usually think of a romantic relationship, not a sibling or other family relationship. I agree that we need to watch out for our elderly. It seems that they are targets in so many different kinds of crime. My prayers are for the family who lost a sister, brother, and his wife. God bless you all.

  • ncguy Aug 5, 2011

    the guy was 54 and his wife was 34?