JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County — The North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office released the official autopsy for a Jacksonville woman found dead in the woods. It determined the official cause of Shelby Brown's death is multiple stab wounds to the neck.
NewsChannel 12 obtained the autopsy results. According to the autopsy report completed by Zachary O’Neill, Brown's cause of death is multiple stab wounds to the neck. "There were ten stab wounds of the neck that resulted in an injury of the right jugular vein with hemorrhage within the soft tissues of the neck," said O'Neill.
James Kelly Moore III, also known as June Moore, 41, was charged with one open count of murder on May 4 for Brown's death.
The 22-year-old was reportedly last seen on Dec. 3, 2017 in Sneads Ferry and was possibly in the Jacksonville area on the night of Dec. 4, 2017.
Brown's body was discovered in the woods, approximately 15 yards off a roadway in Jacksonville on Jan. 2, 2018.
O'Neill described Brown's body as being decomposed, partially skeletonized and partially charred. O'Neill determined that Brown's body sustained "thermal injuries" after her death, indicating she was not alive when her body was burned.
Moore's bond was set at $5 million back in June and is slated to appear in court in April 2019.