Missing Hubert man found dead and being investigated as a homicide

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, around 9:30PM, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were requested to conduct a welfare check on Mr. James Pannoni, at 101 Chasity Way. The request came from the Truro Police Department in Massachusetts where Pannoni’s daughter, Kellianne had reported her father missing.

Mr. Pannoni’s niece, Victoria Levin also took to FB in search of her uncle:



Deputies reported that they responded to the Chasity Way residence and found no one home and nothing appeared to be out of place. Later that evening, a uniform patrol deputy found James Pannoni’s vehicle abandoned near 147 Hubert Blvd. with the driver’s side window rolled down and the keys in the ignition. The vehicle, a tan 2000 Toyota Tundra was parked in between two abandoned trailers near the Patriot Place Mobile Home Park.

The preliminary investigation indicated that Pannoni had not been seen in approximately a week and his daughter had not heard from him since his birthday in March.

Monday, April 8, 2019, Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators served a search warrant on Pannoni’s residence at 101 Chasity Way, Hubert. Pannoni was discovered deceased during the search of the home.

Pannoni’s death is being investigated as a homicide. This investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released as they become available.

People who know Mr. Pannoni have taken to social media speaking highly of his character and generous spirit.

This incident appears to be isolated with no ongoing threat to the community. Anyone with information about Pannoni is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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