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Autopsy: Army nurse was shot, buried

Posted January 15, 2009

— An autopsy report released Thursday shows a gunshot wound caused the death of Army 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, a 24-year-old was a maternity-ward nurse at Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center.

The report also showed Wimunc had been burned, then wrapped in an air mattress. Her dismembered remains were found in a shallow grave in July, a few days after her apartment in Fayetteville was found ablaze.

Her husband, Marine Cpl. John Wimunc, has been charged with first-degree murder, arson and conspiracy. The couple was getting divorced before she died. A fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Kyle Alden, is charged as an accessory in her death.

Both men are scheduled to appear in a Cumberland County courtroom Jan. 27. John Wimunc's parents have said they stand by their son.

State Division of Forest Resources personnel found Holley Wimunc's remains July 13 when they responded to a fire in a wooded area near Camp Lejeune. Her body was badly burned and decomposed, and doctors had to use dental records to identify her.

She had been missing since July 10, the day her apartment was found burned. The fire was reported after a co-worker went to check on her when she didn't show up for work. Her car was in the parking lot, but she was gone.

Fort Bragg is about 115 miles northwest of coastal Camp Lejeune.


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  • theharps2 Jan 15, 2009

    so sad why didn't he just leave he didn't have to to take her life so young.............

  • vp Jan 15, 2009

    why didnt they just on with their lives. he was in one town and she was in other. I just dont understand how this could happen. He didnt seem like he could hurt anyone.

  • doubletrouble Jan 15, 2009

    I'm sure at one point, their relationship was loving...and to go from that extreme to another just amazes me. Men should never hit women in anger. Get in the car and just leave till things cool down. Women, on the other hand..if you know what buttons to push on your man..sometimes it's not best to go there, the car doesn't always crank.

  • tarheel1968 Jan 15, 2009

    can the same be done to these guys??

  • pebbles262004 Jan 15, 2009

    So sad for her family!

  • Brogden Jan 15, 2009

    As I recall, this guy killed his ex for insurance that he was still named on - and paid the other guy to help.