Body of woman who vanished in summer found buried in North Carolina, suspect charged with murder

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Sep. 21 2021, Published 10:15 a.m. ET

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A North Carolina man is under arrest after investigators located the body of a woman months after she disappeared.

Joy Amanda Moorefield of Greensboro was last seen alive on June 30 and officially reported missing on July 22, Winston-Salem’s WXII-TV reported.

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During the investigation into 40-year-old Moorefield’s disappearance, detectives named Jamey Preston Johnson, 45, a person of interest in the case. They then learned Moorefield was buried on a property in Chatham County.

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Police arrested Johnson Sept. 16 on charges of first-degree murder and concealment of death.The victim’s remains were located the following day, police said.

Investigators ahve not said what led them to cahrge Johnson in connection to the case.

Johnson is being held without bail at the Guilford County Jail.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.

Moorefield's daughter, Cassidy Lanham, told WMFY that she knew something was wrong when her mom didn't call her dad on her bithday.

"She deserved more. She had a fire that there is no way you could ever put it out," Lanham told the TV station. "She always was going to the beat of her own drum. "I'm glad that we have closure. I'm not so happy with the outcome obviously, although you can't think about this person and the terrible thing that happened to them, you have to think about, well they are in a better place now."

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