Remains of Fayetteville woman missing since 2017 found

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Fayetteville police say they have located the remains of Heather Carter who has been missing since July 12, 2017.

Heather Carter, 28 (FPD)

Jimmy Lee Proffitt II was arrested for first-degree murder in October 2017, but Carter’s remains were never found.

Police said Wednesday that after reaching a plea agreement with the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, Proffitt agreed to show detectives where her remains were buried in a wooded area along Davis Bridge Road in Robeson County.

The remains were recovered on March 19, and on March 24, they were positively identified as belonging to Carter.

Investigators said Proffitt shot Carter, who was his ex-wife, at a Zip-N-Mart on Hope Mills Road, and took her from the gas station.

Jimmy Lee Proffitt II (FPD)

Proffitt was also accused of shooting one of Carter’s friends, Ashley Davila, who escaped the scene.

As part of the plea agreement, Proffitt pled guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of firearm by felon, and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

Investigators said there was a pattern of domestic violence, and Cumberland County deputies arrested Proffitt in 2011 on charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The couple married in 2008 and divorced in 2012.

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