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FBI involved in investigation into Fayetteville woman's death

Posted September 29, 2009 4:42 p.m. EDT
Updated October 1, 2009 5:31 p.m. EDT

— The FBI is involved in the investigation of a 60-year-old Fayetteville woman's death.

The body of Elizabeth Ann Johnson, a former special operations employee at Fort Bragg, was found on Thursday at her home at 2821 Briarcreek Place.

Someone had called the police concerned about her well-being.

Fayetteville police, Army officials and FBI agents spent two days at a command center outside of the home.

On Monday, the FBI searched two other homes in Fayetteville – 101 Bremer Street, a vacant home where neighbors say Johnson's mother once lived, and 1219 Stansfield Drive.

At both houses, trash bags were piled up on the street.

Authorities have not commented on why the locations have been searched or if anything has been taken from them.

Fayetteville police are still involved in the case, but all questions are being directed to the FBI.

Col. Tim Nye, a spokesman for the Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., said an FBI investigation into a former employee’s death is “an unusual event.”

A neighbor, who asked not to be named, said Johnson had been withdrawn in recent years, rarely answering her phone or her door.

Mary Johnson, another neighbor, said she would sometimes drive by and wave to Johnson. The two have the same name but are not related.

Mary Johnson said she rarely spoke to Elizabeth Johnson but learned the woman had been deeply depressed.

“She was at the time she talked to my son because he said, ‘She’s in bad shape,’” Mary Johnson said.

Police have not revealed a cause of death but say it's not being investigated as a murder.

Johnson worked at the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg until January 2007. The command oversees the military's counter-terrorism operations.

Nye could not say what kind of job she had or how long she worked at Fort Bragg. He said it’s likely Johnson had a security clearance.

Johnson’s body has been sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.