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Devastating Twists Revealed in the Mica Miller Case – She Said the Family Pastor’s Husband Would Kill Her! But new evidence says…

We knew this case wouldn’t just go away. We didn’t expect it this twists and turns! For some background…

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina pastor Johannes-Paul Molenaar shocked his congregation on Sunday, April 28, by telling them during a sermon that he had just learned that his wife had died by suicide the day before. The announcement was as unexpected as it was, well… inappropriate. He made a point of telling it Hard stone churchgoers, she had been dealing with mental health issues for some time and said:

‘You all knew that she was not doing well mentally and that she needed medication that was difficult to obtain. I’m sure more details will follow, but please keep her family in your prayers.”

The whole thing felt way too personal to share with a church congregation, especially since it was captured on camera for the church’s livestream. We also can’t get over how a loving husband can preach a sermon the day after receiving this news!

Speaking of news… He was the only one telling that exact story for days. Mica MolenaarThe woman’s death was confirmed, but details about how she died were kept relatively quiet by police Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. It has since been confirmed that Mica’s body was found at Lumber River State Park in Robeson County, about an hour and a half north of Myrtle Beach. She died of a single gunshot wound.

It has now also been confirmed that Mica’s death has been ruled a suicide. Robeson County Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Johnson told the local outlet WPDE on Monday:

“Based on the nature of the wound, which is consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. And it was not in the back of my mind, as has been speculated.”

Apparently authorities met with her family on Tuesday morning. Too bad they had to hear it from old JP, huh?

Video: Terrifying moment man tries to shoot pastor, captured during livestream sermon!

There are many reasons why this story makes people raise an eyebrow. The big? Mica had recently left her husband. He did not mention in his sermon or in the obituary that he was allowed to write for any reason. But she had even filed for divorce very recently! He also left no room in that obituary for the fact that he met Mica when she was only 14 years old – and he was already her pastor. Oh, and he was married with five children.

Then there was the fact that she talked about “leaving a dangerous situation.” On her Facebook she erased all traces of the time she spent with her estranged husband. She made videos where she spoke directly to other women trapped in abusive relationships – and how escaping wasn’t against God, no matter how many times the man might say so.

Want to take a photo here? Let’s make it spell her family. In an affidavit after the death of Mica, her sister Sierra Francis said in court documents that Mica had feared for her life. She even said the words:

“Mica often said to me, ‘If I get a bullet in the head, it was JP.’”

Wow. This is exactly the situation we find ourselves in now. It looks like suicide, but she warned her family that this wouldn’t be the case? Several of her loved ones have even spoken out and said they don’t believe the suicide story! A couple who spent a lot of time with Mica and JP went further NewsNation and spilled about “red flags” they saw in the relationship – and in his treatment of women in general. Allicia Youngsitting next to her husband, the outlet shared:

“I absolutely do not believe she committed suicide.”

Check out their thoughts on this after spending time with this pastor (below):

Yes! These are people who spent time with him, knew him as a pastor… and think he might have been responsible for Mica’s death? That’s certainly the underlying feeling we get from their interview.

Besides all the friends and family speaking out, we also have it from Mica’s own lips. She spoke to an Horry County Police Department officer on March 11 about the harassment she faced after leaving her pastor husband. He wrote in his incident report:

“The victim told me she feared for her life.”

Naturally, all this context has led to widespread mistrust. Abused women are likely to be murdered by the men who abuse them – especially in retaliation when they eventually leave. It makes sense that people reading all the sordid details of the story online would worry that she was the victim of foul play.

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But the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is trying to put an end to the theorizing, by true crime enthusiasts and family members alike. On Tuesday they released all the evidence that leads them to believe this was definitely a suicide.

They’ve collected surveillance footage that seems to explain Mica’s entire schedule that fateful Saturday. And shockingly, that includes driving to Dick’s Pawn Shop and buying a gun at 12:13 p.m.

c) Robeson County Sheriff’s Office

She is seen driving several times over the next hour. Then a 911 call is placed at 2:54 p.m., apparently by Mica. According to the report, she threatened suicide at the dispatcher, asked if her phone could be traced and then hung up. The operator tried to call back but couldn’t reach her.

Officers were immediately dispatched to the location of the call for a welfare check. A search ensued. Around 4 p.m., a man approached detectives with Mica’s bag. He told them he was fishing when he heard crying and then a gunshot. Then he found the bag at the water’s edge.

At 4:23 p.m., another man called 911 to report that he had found a body. About three hours later, the gun that matched the serial number of the gun Mica purchased was found in the water.

It seems unlikely that there was any explanation other than suicide, right?

As for JP, the potentially abusive, estranged husband? The police want everyone to know that they checked on him too. Apparently he is already dating another woman just weeks after his wife left. Investigators confirmed that neither the pastor nor his new girlfriend were in North Carolina on the day of Mica’s death or the night before. That Friday, JP apparently traveled to Charleston to watch a sporting event. During the trip he was constantly with other people.

It seems pretty solid: he couldn’t have been there when Mica was shot.

But what about claims that the 30-year-old was harassed in the weeks following his departure from JP, either by him or other members of the church? After all, she told police she was “afraid for her life.” That has to mean something, right? Maybe. But that doesn’t mean she was murdered. As far as investigators can tell, this is ultimately something she did to herself, as hard as that must be for everyone to hear. We mean she even lets her buy the gun. It’s quite difficult to refute.

So what about the allegations of abuse and grooming? We have seen even worse accusations against the pastor on social media than in interviews with the local news. Heck, what if multiple people who knew the man personally – including church members – heard the news and assumed he had killed his wife? Surely he should be looked into a bit more, right? If the claims are true, could he still bear any responsibility?

Well, it remains to be seen whether that will happen legal consequences for the resistance against JP. We do know that he was relieved of his duties as pastor by the Solid Rock Church. A message to church members said he was being released for “a time of healing, counsel and guidance, according to our instrument of government.” Hmm. That’s pretty vague. Did the church get wind of the allegations and suspend him?

Internally, the Solid Rock Church website is apparently also facing some kind of reckoning. The URL now redirects to a page that says, “This account has been suspended.” Hey. I’m not sure what that’s about.

We wonder if anything will come from the public outcry, the #JusticeForMica movement that has emerged in South Carolina and on social media. But one thing is certain: the local authorities have made it as clear as possible why they decided this way.

What do you think, Perezcious readers? What else needs to be done? Should researchers investigate claims of grooming? Let us know in the comments…

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, help is available. Please consider contacting the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline on 988, by calling, texting or chatting, or visit 988lifeline.org.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available. Consider calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233, or text START to 88788, or visit https://www.thehotline.org/.

(Image via Mica Miller/Facebook/Solid Rock/YouTube.)