UPDATE-SUSPECT CAPTURED: Saundra Wagner for the murder of James Pannoni and cause of death released


On April 9, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office released information that James Pannoni was found deceased at his residence, 101 Chasity Way in Hubert. Mr. Pannoni was the victim of a homicide and autopsy results concluded that the victims cause of death was a result of being stabbed.

During the late evening hours of April 7, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were requested to conduct a welfare check on 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. Deputies responded to the Chasity Lane residence and found no one home, no vehicles in the driveway 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 investigation quickly identified Saundra Evon Wagner as the primary suspect in this incident. Pannoni and Wagner had been involved in a domestic type relationship in months prior to this incident. Detectives attempted to interview Wagner, but Wagner fled the area before deputies could locate her. Sheriff’s detectives continued to investigate the incident and were able to obtain warrants charging Wagner with one Open Count of Murder in the death of Pannoni.

On April 13, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies received information that Wagner was in Dothan, Alabama at a local shopping center. Deputies contacted Dothan Police and requested their assistance in attempting to locate Wagner. Dothan Police arrived at the location and observed Wagner driving through the parking lot. Officers attempted to stop Wagner, but a short car chase ensued with Wagner wrecking her vehicle and she was apprehended. Wagner was transported to a local medical center with what is now reported from OCSO as non-life-threatening injuries.

Originally, Dothan PD said in a live press conference that live saving measures were given for moderate injuries and the suspect was transported for medical treatment.

Wagner is facing charges in Alabama related to the car chase in addition to being extradited to Onslow County upon her release. A schedule for Wagner’s extradition is pending.

Detectives have established a motive for the crime but this and other details of the investigation will not be released pending the ongoing investigation and the upcoming court proceedings.

In addition to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the Onslow County District Attorney’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Dothan Police Department assisted with this investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office is still asking anyone with knowledge of Mr. Pannoni’s association with Wagner to contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division.

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.


Based on a citizen’s tip Saundra Evon Wagner has been arrested by the Dothan PD in Dothan, Alabama.

Wagner was arrested after a brief car chase which ended in her wrecking her vehicle. She is currently under watch in the hospital within that jurisdiction.

Dothan Police Department released the following information:

“The Dothan Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspected homicide suspect out of North Carolina who arrived in our city in a stolen vehicle. While investigating this information police located the vehicle and attempted to complete a traffic stop however the driver fled.

The pursuit traveled around Ross Clark Circle to Montgomery Highway where the suspect turned onto Cherokee Avenue, lost control and crashed into a tree sustaining critical injuries. Police on scene rendered first aid until Medics arrived and transported the driver to a local hospital. No other occupants were in the vehicle nor were any other motorists hurt.

Public Safety was our top priority today not only taking this person into custody but also in considering the motorists on the roadway. Police were actively responding to intersections ahead of the pursuit to stop motorists from encountering the oncoming danger.

The Dothan Police Department would like to say thank you to all motorists who cooperated with these emergency stops. We would also like to thank Houston County SO for assisting us. As always a special thanks to our officers that disregarded their own safety to ensure the safety of others throughout this incident.”

Additional details will be released from law enforcement when they are available.

Thanks to one of our most credible and reputable sources, What more do we know about Saundra Wagner?

She has lived in Virginia Beach, Willow Spring, NC and Swansboro, NC. Saundra also answers to Sandra E Wagner, Saundra E Mook, Saundra E. Quade, Saundra E. Wagner, Saundra Evon Wagner, and perhaps a few additional names.

Wagner was convicted of felonious larceny under the name Quade in Onslow County in 1992 per the NCDPS website.

Ricky Stokes News in Dothan, AL live stream with Dothan PD, Lt. Rachel David, in a press conference following the crash where it is said the suspects injuries are considered critical in the preliminary evaluation on scene:

Ricky Stokes News live on the scene of the crash:


The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Saundra Evon Wagner, 47, of 504 Mattocks Ave. Maysville, NC. Wagner is wanted for the Murder of James Pannoni, who investigators located in a shallow grave on his property, on April 8, 2019.

Wagner is a 47-year-old, white female with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is approximately 5 foot 2 inches tall and weighs between 130 and 160 LBS. Wagner has a tattoo of the name “Jason” on her right thigh, she also has a heart-shaped tattoo on her right upper chest.

Wagner is believed to be traveling North in a dark Gray colored Toyota Corolla, NC registration plate RZE-5390. She is believed to be in the State of Ohio at this time, possibly near Hebron OH, or Columbus, OH.

This incident appears to be isolated, but Wagner should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Wagner is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019005158.

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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