Body Found In July Identified As Missing Johnston County Woman

KENLY – A body located in July has been positively identified as a missing Johnston County woman. Christel Page McGowan was reported missing to the Kenly Police Department on July 7, 2023.


Two days later, on July 9, the remains of an unidentified person were found in the Kenly city limits. After conducting a thorough investigation, Police Chief James Ayers announced today (Monday) the body has been identified as the 50 year-old woman. No foul play was involved.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Christel during this incredibly difficult time, and we extend our deepest condolences for their loss,” Chief Ayers said. “The Kenly Police Department collaborated closely with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) throughout the course of this investigation. We are immensely grateful for the dedication and exceptional work demonstrated by the men and women of the NCSBI who were instrumental in bringing this case to its conclusion.”

“We would also like to express our gratitude to the community for their patience and support during the investigation. Your cooperation and understanding were paramount to the progress and resolution of this case.”

“Our thoughts remain with Christel’s loved ones as they cope with this tragic loss, and we urge everyone to respect their privacy during this challenging time,” Chief Ayers said Monday afternoon while making the announcement.


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      • Mr. Clown Comment let me remind you that “The numbers don’t lie, but liars will use numbers too”. Vote blue until we are through!!!

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