CLINTON, N.C. (WNCN) — The husband of a Sampson County woman who was missing for several weeks before her body was found buried in dirt near a road in Roseboro earlier this month was charged with her murder on Wednesday, according to Sampson County arrest records.
Carl Earl Andre Wiggins, 49, was wanted for questioning in his wife’s disappearance.
Kiara Wiggins, 39, was last seen by her family on June 9 and was reported missing on June 18.
Carl Wiggins had a warrant for a stolen truck out of Bladen County and was arrested on June 23 following a pursuit on the interstate. According to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the chase started when Four Oaks police officers in Johnston County noticed the vehicle Carl Wiggins was accused of stealing.
The officers attempted to pull over the vehicle when the chase started, leading police briefly into Sampson County, back through Johnston County before ending in Wake County.
Deputies said the chase ended in Wake County after spike strips were deployed, causing the suspect’s vehicle to crash into a construction barrier on I-40 near Jones Sausage Road. Carl Wiggins jumped from the vehicle and ran into the woods before being captured following a short chase, officials said.
After his arrest, Wiggins was charged with larceny of motor vehicle, flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, two counts of possessing stolen vehicle, four counts of driving while license revoked, expired registration card/tag, driving while intoxicated, and drive left of center.
Carl Wiggins told investigators that he would not speak with them without talking with a lawyer first.
On Aug. 2, Kiara Wiggins’ body was found by deputies buried off Boykin Bridge Road around 6:30 p.m., Lora Beamon, Kiara’s mother, told CBS 17.
“This one took a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck for where we’re at today,” said Lt. Lawrence Dixon with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.
“I’m trying to be strong with it. I’m happy they found her, but deep inside I’m really, really hurt. I’m hurt,” Beamon told CBS 17.
She said the medical examiner confirmed the body to be Kiara’s. Tattoos were used to positively identify the remains.
On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office filed a murder charge against Carl Wiggins.
Kiara’s brother, Michael Williams, spoke with CBS 17’s Bridget Chapman after the murder charge was filed against Carl Wiggins.
“It’s been tough, but we’ve finally gotten some relief, justice for my sister,” said Michael Williams. “No woman should go through what she went through. No woman.”
“These charges come following a meeting with District Attorney Ernie Lee’s Office on Monday August 9, 2021, where Investigators and the District Attorney’s Office worked through the case together and felt the evidence was overwhelmingly compelling and indicated Carl Wiggins to be responsible for his wife’s death,” a statement from Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said.
“We’re all going to miss her. I love her to death,” said Williams. “We still can feel her presence with us, she’s looking down on us with that pretty smile, that smile will never going to leave.”
The reward money in the case will not be offered to anyone since it was all done by police work.