“So now this is a full-blown homicide investigation my detectives are on it they’re working very hard to develop any kind of leads,” Sheriff Hans Miller, said.
James Pannoni was a disabled veteran who lived alone in his home in Hubert.
His vehicle was found about 1.5 miles from his residence at the Patriot Place Mobile Home Park.
His body was discovered Monday after a welfare check at his home.
“People generally don’t just leave their Vehicles open with keys inserted and then they’re nowhere around,” Miller, said.
Pannoni’s daughter told the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department she had not heard from her father since his birthday in March.
“This investigation- the homicide of a person is very important and we go with the evidence takes us if the evidence tells us we need to be out there we are going to be out there,” Miller, said.
Officials do not know the cause of death, as investigators await autopsy results, but they are asking for the public’s help.
“So if somebody sees something that pertains to the vehicle, or maybe a phone call or maybe a sighting, or maybe somebody saw somebody that was just out of the ordinary- those things are very important for our investigators to at least look at,” Miller, said.
This is an ongoing investigation.