Man arrested in Onslow County homicide

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A suspect has been arrested in the case of a woman who was found dead in a Jacksonville field on New Year’s Eve.  

James K. Moore III, 41, was arrested in Greensboro Friday and charged with the murder of 22-year-old Shelby Brown.

Brown was stabbed to death, and her body was severely decomposed when it was discovered.

Brown met Moore online, and they only knew each other a short time when Brown was killed.

The Sheriff’s Office described Moore as a transient individual with a lengthy criminal record consiting mostly of drug charges.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office detectives traveled all the way to Florida to get leads on the case.

“The arrest was made for the victim,” said Sheriff Hans Miller. “That’s what we do. We work for the vicitm.

Moore will have his first court appearance Monday morning. He is being charged with an open count of murder. 

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Teens found the body of Brown in an overgrown field just after 3 p.m. December 31 off Thomas Humphrey Road.

Brown was last seen December 3 in Sneads Ferry or possibly in Jacksonville December 4, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Her mother reported her missing January 3.

The body was partially decomposed, and the autopsy was completed by the State Medical Examiner in Greenville.

The Sheriff’s Office said the death is being investigated as a homicide.

They said a cause of death has been determined, but it is not being released to the public pending the active criminal investigation.

If you have any information, contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at michael_curlee@onslowcountync.gov, Detective Lieutenant Scott at mark_scott@onslowcountync.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273

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