Two Marines in Custody, Charged With Arson

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

The husband of a Fort Bragg Army nurse whose remains were found in a brush fire three days after she went missing has been charged with first-degree arson at the building she lived in.

Reports indicate Marine Cpl. John Wimunc, 23, was being held Monday in the Cumberland County jail on $500,000 bond. His wife is Army 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, who went missing Thursday, when a fire burned through her apartment in Fayetteville.

Holley Wimunc's father said Monday that authorities have told him that remains found late Sunday in a brush fire near Camp Lejeune are those of his daughter.

John Wimunc is stationed at Camp Lejeune, about 130 miles southeast of Fayetteville.

Fayetteville police, who scheduled a news conference at 3 p.m. to discuss the case, began searching for Holley Wimunc on Thursday after she failed to show up for work at Womack Army Medical Center and co-workers could not find her at home.

Investigators found evidence of a fire in her apartment. They say her car was in the parking lot, however, Wimunc was nowhere to be found.

Maj. Cliff W. Gilmore, a spokesman with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service took John Wimunc and Lance Cpl. Kyle Alden into custody Sunday morning and then transferred them to Fayetteville police.

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