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Police Identify 2nd 'Person of Interest' in Fatal Home Invasion

Posted December 22, 2007 5:32 p.m. EST
Updated December 22, 2007 9:48 p.m. EST

— Rocky Mount police have identified a second “person of interest” in the apparent residential break-in Friday that left two women dead and a man in the hospital.

Late Friday night, police located and interviewed the first person of interest, whose name has not been released. The man remains a “person of interest” in the case but was not in police custody.

Police identified and were attempting to locate the second “person of interest” Saturday.

When Leona L. Johnson failed to show up for work at the Rocky Mount Police Department on Friday, officers went to her house to check on her, Police Chief John Manley said. Johnson was a secretary for the department's Uniform Operations Division for the past three years, he said.

Officers found a broken window in the back door of the house, at 1247 Compass Creek Drive, and found Johnson, 50, and Deborah M. Scriven, 44, shot to death inside, Manley said.

The shooting occurred between 3:45 and 9:45 a.m., he said. Investigators haven't determined the type of handgun used.

"She was a very pleasant person, and we really don't have anyone we know of that she had a conflict with," Manley said of Johnson. "She was a good person to be around.

Scriven worked at Nash General Hospital and had recently earned a nurse assistant certification, friends said.

Scriven's son, 21-year-old Devin Scriven, was wounded in the incident. He was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he was listed in stable condition Saturday, police said.

Manley said Johnson and the Scrivens were found in three different rooms inside the house, which is off N.C. Highway 48 near Northgreen Golf Club north of downtown Rocky Mount.

"We believe it was an intruder, but some level of acquaintance," Manley said. "This doesn't appear to be a random act."

Anyone who traveled Goldrock Road in the vicinity of Compass Creek Drive between the hours of 4-7 a.m. on Friday who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is urged to call Rocky Mount police Investigations Capt. Martin McCoy at 252-972-1485 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 977-1111.

All information and informants will be kept in the strictest of confidence.