Fort Bragg Army soldier Matt Dyer’s dog Huey passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina on April 16 or 17, 2017 (the exact date is unknown). Matt’s childhood friend and estranged wife, Marinna Rollins, was watching Huey for him while he was stationed in South Korea. Unfortunately, at some point Marinna and her current boyfriend, Jarren Heng, also a Fort Bragg Army soldier, decided they were going to kill Huey. The two filmed the event, it was released to the public, and went viral resulting in outrage from around the world. Less then two weeks after the news hit the airwaves and the two were charged and arrested, Marinna Rollins committed suicide. Matt Dyer is devastated by the loss of both Huey and his wife and childhood friend from Maine. Marinna was medically discharged from the Army and diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress, Bi-Polar, and other mental illnesses after a traumatic event in South Korea. Matt thought Huey would be good for Marinna, who was a disabled veteran and even registered Huey as an emotional support animal. Keep up with the latest developments in Jarren Heng’s animal abuse case and other news at Justice for Huey on Facebook.
Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman, 38, US Army, of Media, Pennsylvania was found dead in his Fayetteville, North Carolina home on November 16th, 2016. Sgt. 1st Class Shanaman enlisted in the Army in 1998 (18 years) and served 10 combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Shanaman was a highly decorated infantryman assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. The Army reports that civilian law enforcement are investigating the incident. Sgt. 1st Class Shanaman is one of three US Army soldiers who died stateside on November 16, 2016. Pvt. Kevin Paulino of Fort Hood and Pfc. David Winchester of Fort Bragg also died in garrison. Pfc. Winchester was found dead in his barracks at Fort Bragg and the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is investigating that incident.
Army Special Forces soldier Sean Wayne Wells was shot and killed in his home near Fort Bragg, North Carolina on October 7, 2013. According to the Fayetteville Observer, Sean was shot by two masked men who entered his home through an unlocked door. They forced Sean’s wife and child into another room. They left driving a white 2012 Toyota Camry. Investigators believe this murder was premeditated and not random. This homicide is under investigation by the Fayetteville Police Department. The family pleads for your help to find the two men who murdered Sean in cold blood. They believe this case is solvable. Got a tip? Crime Stoppers
The cold case of missing US Army soldier Kelli Bordeaux was featured on Investigation Discovery‘s show Swamp Murders (“Murder of the Medic”). Kelli was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina when she disappeared in 2012. The Army contacted the local Fayetteville Police Department and asked them to check on her in her off-base housing because she didn’t show up for work. She was considered Absent Without Leave (AWOL) which is an arrestable offense in the military. She was not located at her home and eventually considered a missing persons case. Her family, friends, and volunteers searched tirelessly for her around the Fayetteville area. Detectives continued their investigation while private investigator David Marshburn began conducting his own investigation. After a lengthy investigation by both the Fayetteville detectives and Marshburn, it was determined that she was murdered by Nick Holbert.
Nick was supposed to give Kelli a ride home the night she went missing and was the last person to see her alive. Holbert was also a convicted sex offender listed on the sex offender registry and out on probation. As a result Holbert was a suspect in the case from the very beginning but the case stalled because the detectives didn’t have any evidence. Although Holbert was arrested and jailed for not keeping his address up to date on the sex offender registry while detectives continued to dig for evidence. Eventually they had to let him out. A couple years later in 2014, Nick finally admitted to David Marshburn that he killed Kelli. He shared that he made a sexual advance towards her and she rejected him which made him angry. She walked away. So he then struck her from behind and beat her to death. He buried her in a shallow grave behind the Froggy Bottoms in a marshy area. Thanks to the persistence of the local Fayetteville investigators and David Marshburn, Kelli’s body was found and the case was solved. Nicholas Michael Holbert was sentenced to life in prison without parole and signed away his right to appeal the sentence.
The crime documentary TV genre gets a lot of mileage out of the murders of Marty Theer and David Shannon. Both of these notorious Fayetteville murder cases will again be presented on a national network in the next week.
It’s the third time these stories will be told on national television, following versions aired on the Oxygen channel’s “Snapped” show and on “Dateline: NBC.” The new shows interviewed me, prosecutors, law enforcement and others to help tell the stories. I’ve seen review copies.
The premiere episode of “Scorned: Love Kills” debuts at 10 p.m. Saturday on the Investigation Discoverychannel with the Shannon murder of 2002, a case that brought to light a Fayetteville subculture of open marriage and sexual swing club partner-swapping.
Sgt. Christina Smith was stabbed to death on September 30, 2008 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Sgt. Smith was stationed at Fort Bragg with her husband Richard Smith, also a soldier. After an investigation, Fayetteville authorities learned that Richard Smith hired Army soldier Matthew Kvapil to kill Christina. Richard Smith set up the murder by asking Christina to take a walk with him. Matthew Kvapil was hiding in the bushes waiting for the pre-planned moment to attack her. Both soldiers were arrested and charged with the first degree murder of Christina. Civilian prosecutors sought the death penalty for both soldiers in this case. In 2012, Richard Smith and Matthew Kvapil plead guilty to Christina’s murder and were sentenced to life in prison instead. Christina’s murder was one of many homicides and suspicious deaths that occurred in the US military in the 2008 timeframe. Christina’s death was the fourth murder involving Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune military personnel in North Carolina. Pregnant Marine Maria Lauterbach disappeared in 2007 and her remains were found in early 2008. She was raped and murdered by a fellow Camp Lejeune Marine. Army paratrooper Matthew Rhoads was found dead at his residence on March 2nd at Fort Bragg. His cause of death is unknown. Air Force Reservist Blanca Luna was found murdered at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas on March 7th. Her case remains unsolved. Cherie Morton, US Navy, was found dead at her home in Bahrain on April 20th. The cause of her death remains under investigation. Amy Ignatowski, US Coast Guard, was strangled to death in her home on May 31st in Corpus Christi, Texas. Fort Bragg Army Lt. Holley Wimunc was murdered by her Marine husband on July 19th. Pregnant Army soldier Megan Touma was murdered by her lover and married Fort Bragg soldier on June 21st. Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Tinsley was found dead with a gunshot wound to his chest in Alaska on July 27th. Sabrina Autrey, US Air Force, was found dead at her off base apartment on August 13th in Arlington, Virginia. Marine Stacy Dryden died of a non combat death in Iraq on October 19th. Her death was ruled a homicide yet no one was officially charged with the murder. Other non combat deaths of women in the Army included Janelle King, Jennifer Cole, Seteria Brown, Mary Jaenichen, and Tracy Birkman. The research of non combat deaths of male soldiers in the 2008 time frame have not been completed yet.
“In a way, it’s surprising that there aren’t more bodies piling up at military bases all over this nation” -The Fayetteville Observer
Steve Loehrke received Ohio’s first Military Sacrifice License Plate at the special license plate’s unveiling ceremony, June 9, 2015, at Ohio Department of Public Safety Headquarters, Columbus, OH. Steve is the proud father of fallen soldier Sgt. Christina E. Loehrke Smith and U.S. Boarder Patrol Agent Steven Loehrke.
US Army soldier Spc Megan Touma, 23, was murdered by a fellow US Army soldier, Edgar Patino, in June 2008. She had a relationship with Patino when she was stationed in Germany. He gave her an engagement ring and asked her to marry him. She did not know that he was married. Shortly after Patino left Germany, Megan learned that she was pregnant. She chose to transfer to Fort Bragg, North Carolina so she could be with Edgar Patino. Patino stopped by her hotel room to tell her that he did not want to be with her. They argued and Patino strangled her. Megan was 7 months pregnant when Patino murdered her. In November 2010 Edgar Patino was convicted of second degree murder and was sentenced to 16-20 years in prison.
American soldier Megan Touma has left her husband for her lover Edgar. Turns out Edgar has a spouse of his own. When Megan gets pregnant Edgar must make a decision between two women. Someone will be left brokenhearted and someone will be left dead. -Discovery ID
Former Air Force Reservist Michelle Theer was indicted in 2002 for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of her husband Air Force Captain Marty Theer on December 17, 2000. Theer was accused of killing her husband with her lover, Army Special Forces soldier John Diamond. In August 2001, John Diamond was found guilty by a military jury of first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Around the date of the 2002 indictment, Michelle, who had moved to New Orleans since the murder, left Louisiana to “start a new life.” Michelle moved to Florida where she rented an apartment and had plastic surgery performed under an assumed name.
The police located and arrested Michelle Theer in August 2002 and her trial concluded on December 3, 2004. The jury returned verdicts of guilty of first-degree murder by aiding and abetting and of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The motive for the homicide was an early attempt to collect Marty’s $500,000 Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance policy. The prosecutor ascertained Michelle manipulated John Diamond into murdering her husband. Diamond was accused of shooting Marty multiple times execution style as he ascended a stairwell at Michelle’s place of employment in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The civilian trial court sentenced Michelle Theer to life in prison without the possibility of parole.