Police debunk rumors surrounding the death of South Carolina pastor’s wife

North Carolina police released a statement Tuesday detailing evidence supporting that Mica Miller, the wife of a South Carolina pastor, took her own life last month — putting to rest rumors that her estranged husband may have been involved. was involved.

Relatives of 30-year-old Miller alleged in court documents this weekend that she had been abused by her ex, John-Paul Miller, and that she had previously eerily warned that if a bullet was found in her head, it was her fault . former partner.

However, in a news release Tuesday, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said a slew of security footage and a 911 call in which she told an operator she was about to commit suicide showed that Mica died by suicide and not by foul play.

“While I know this is not what many people wanted to hear, the evidence is very clear and compelling, and we are as saddened as anyone that this occurred,” said Sheriff Burnis Wilkins. “There are many factors that we assessed that occurred over an extended period of time and are likely related to the reason for this investigation, but in the end, unfortunately, a tragic decision was made by Mica that took her life.”

Among the images that supported John-Paul’s alibi, police said, were evidence of him attending a sporting event in Charleston with another woman with whom he was romantically involved, including time-stamped photos of his truck on the highway opposite direction of North. Carolina. Other footage showed Miller purchasing a gun at a pawn shop — the same gun found near where her lifeless body was found hours later in a state park an hour north of her Myrtle Beach home.

Mica Miller, dressed all in black, buys a gun at a pawn shop.Mica Miller, dressed all in black, buys a gun at a pawn shop.

Mica Miller bought a gun just hours before she used it to kill herself, police said.

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office

Miller’s death had attracted national attention, especially after John-Paul’s announcement of her death – a day later, in front of his parishioners after delivering a regular sermon – seemed coincidental given the seriousness of the situation.

“I got a call late last night, my wife passed away,” he said in that announcement. “It was self-inflicted and it took place in North Carolina.

“She had struggled with suicide before. Each time we helped her through it and took her to the doctor, and we got through it and everything was fine. She even gave some testimonies here at church that we have on video. She fought suicide, but God took care of her and helped her through it.”

He added that Mica Miller was “mentally unwell” and required medication that was “difficult to obtain.” He never mentioned her by name and instructed churchgoers not to discuss the matter inside the building, which only added to suspicions. The Solid Rock Church in Myrtle Beach, where John-Paul preached, suspended him on Monday, ABC 15 reported. The church’s website was also taken offline.

Mica Miller’s sister, Sierra Francis, wrote in a motion to become administrator of her estate that the 30-year-old was abused by John-Paul and that she said “on many occasions”: “If I end up with a bullet in my head, it was JP. ”

A medical examiner said Monday that Miller died of a gunshot wound to the head, but specified that it appeared to be self-inflicted. It made it clear that the bullet did not go through the back of her head as rumors suggested.

In her motion, Francis noted that her sister was “hopeful” for a future without John-Paul and that she filed for divorce from him earlier this year.

Pastor’s wife warned husband may kill her before her death, family claims

Miller’s final posts on Facebook provided a glimpse into her well-being, with the former stepmother-of-five posting terrifying captions in her final weeks. That included the last photo she ever posted on April 9, a selfie, with the caption: “When terrible terrible terrible things happen to you… (y’all know what I’m talking about) RPF: resting peace face.”

She posted photos of herself being baptized in the ocean just over a week earlier, and tagged a church in South Carolina that was different from where her husband preached — the same institution where she had been a youth and worship leader for years. On March 22, she posted a video discussing “leaving a dangerous situation.”

Police said a search of Miller’s search history showed she had Googled “National Parks near me” on the day of her death, which returned a result for Lumber River.

Police said Tuesday that someone called 911 to report hearing someone crying and a gunshot. Not long after, another person at Lumber River State Park called police to say they had found a woman’s body in the river. A GoFundMe for Miller raised $12,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

“This incident has drawn significant attention from across the Carolinas and beyond. I want to assure everyone that a very methodical investigation was conducted,” Wilkins said. “Unfortunately, rumors and conspiracy theories spread quickly and assumptions were made. But ultimately we have to make decisions based on the facts and the evidence gathered.”

If you or a loved one are struggling with thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling or texting 988.

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