The husband of Kiara Wiggins, a 39-year-old North Carolina woman who went missing in early June and was found dead in early August, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death.
Last Monday, a body found in a wooded area off Boykin Bridge Road in Sampson County was located and on Wednesday confirmed by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office to be to Kiara Wiggins.
Kiara’s family previously told Dateline NBC’s “Missing in America” that they lost contact with her around June 9, 2021, and that she was last known to be at the Roseboro home she shared with her husband, Carl Wiggins.
On June 19, investigators learned Wiggins was driving a 2003 black Ford Excursion that had been reported stolen in Bladen County two days earlier. The next day, Kiara’s silver Oldsmobile was found abandoned in the Ammon area of Bladen County.
A break in the case came on June 23 when Wiggins, who was wanted for questioning in Kiara’s disappearance, was spotted in the stolen car and proceeded to lead police on a high-speed chase through multiple counties. He eventually crashed the car and was arrested by the authorities – sparking hope that the arrest would lead to signs of his missing wife.
At the time, Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton told reporters at a press conference that he believed that Kiara was in danger. But when investigators questioned Wiggins about his wife’s disappearance, he refused to cooperate.
According to a news release, after Kiara’s body was located in early August, investigators met with District Attorney Erie Lee to review the case, and decided that the evidence was enough to obtain a warrant for murder.