Update: Sadly, the body of Goldie Hall has been found, and her great niece has been arrested.
Rhonda Williams Hagan, 30, of Nine Foot Road in Newport has been charged in the death of Goldie Hall, Carteret County Captain Jason told WCTI News.
Goldie’s body was found in a wooded area in Carteret County behind a flea mall in Newport.
Investigators believe that Hagan committed the murder on Sept. 20, the same day Hall’s home caught fire. Officials have not yet said if the fire is specifically connected to Hagan’s alleged crime.
Firefighters responded to the home of Goldie Giliken Hall, 90, a widow who lives alone with her cat, Buttercups, on Thursday, after they received a 911 call from a neighbor. After the fire was put out, there was not sign of Goldie who lives at 2065 Highway 24 in the Broad Creek area of Newport, reports WCTI news.
Goldie’s beloved cat, Buttercups was found inside the house, but Goldie was not. Her disappearance is a mystery as she did not drive and would not have left her cat behind for any length of time.
Hall is believed to be wearing a red and white shirt and red pants at the time of her disappearance.
Anyone with information on Goldie is asked to call the Carteret County Communications Center at (252) 726-1911 or the Sheriff’s Office at (252) 504-4800.