Female Soldier Missing, Home Burned

By: CNN
By: CNN

(CNN) -- Authorities are searching for a female soldier missing after a fire burned her apartment near Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Fayetteville, North Carolina, police released this undated photo of 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc.

Fayetteville police identified the missing soldier as 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, 24.

The fire at Wimunc's apartment had gone out by the time authorities arrived at 9:22 a.m. Thursday, but investigators found evidence of arson, police said.

A neighbor, Roland Petty, told CNN affiliate WRAL-TV that he saw a man running from the area on Wednesday night and smelled smoke, although he didn't associate it with the building at the time.

In a court filing for a protective order, Wimunc said that in May, her husband had knocked her down, held a loaded gun to her head and then threatened to commit suicide, WRAL reported.

The court documents indicate the husband, John Wimunc, is a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, the station reported.

A Camp Lejeune spokesman told WRAL that police had spoken to John Wimunc on Thursday about his wife's disappearance.

"I haven't seen any violence. I know [Wimunc's husband] was not living here anymore, but that's all I know," a neighbor told WTVD-TV, another CNN affiliate.

Both stations reported that Wimunc's car was still in the parking lot at the apartment.

Wimunc's disappearance is considered a missing person case.

No one was inside the apartment at the time of the fire, police said.

Wimunc is assigned to Charlie Company, Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg, police said.

A statement from Fort Bragg said Wimunc is a nurse from Lafayette, Louisiana, who works at the hospital's mother and baby ward.

"Womack Army Medical Center staff is very concerned about our soldier and her safety," Col. Terry Walters, commander of WAMC, said in the statement. "The staff and members of her unit are being supported by the command and with counseling available through our unit chaplains."

The blaze comes nearly three weeks after the body of a pregnant soldier was found in a hotel near Fort Bragg.

Spc. Megan Lynn Touma , 23, was seven months pregnant at the time of her death, authorities said.

Investigators say they are treating Touma's death as a homicide.


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