Official autopsy report reveals that James Pannoni was stabbed and suffered chemical burns

The official autopsy & toxicology reports for James Pannoni age 63 who was murdered and buried in a shallow grave at his home has been released today. Pannoni’s death was a result of multiple stab wounds yet he suffered chemical burns as well as one limb attempted to be severed. The murder
suspect is calendared to be in Onslow Co. court on 9/26 for the brutal murder of James Pannoni.

N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at Coastal Pathology Associates released the official autopsy report today for James Pannoni who was the victim of a heinous act of violence resulting in murder spring of this year.

In April 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office released information that Mr. James Pannoni age 63, was found deceased, buried in a shallow grave at his residence in Hubert. The named murder suspect, Saundra Evon Wagner was captured and apprehended following a high speed chase in Dothan, AL a few days later.

Pannoni was originally reported missing by his daughter who requested a wellness check from Massachusetts after not speaking with her father since his birthday on March 5, 2019. That is the last definitive date Pannoni was known to be alive.

The shallow grave was discovered by law enforcement the evening of April 8, 2019.

Pannoni had a medical history of heart attack where he had a bypass surgery, an abdominal aortic aneurysm often associated with hypertension, which he also had history of (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, depression, also back pain.

The toxicology report reveals there were no illegal drugs in his system. The report further revealed that Pannoni had alcohol and prescription medications that treat depression in his system at the time of death as well as allergy medication consistent with Benadryl. The Diazepam, commonly known as Valium is a medication reported present in his system is said to treat depression, anxiety and is often known to create a calming effect. The toxicology report states the level of diazepam was at a therapeutic level. Nordazepam, commonly known as Nordaz is a medication indicated present on the toxicology report that is also said to be a sedative that treats anxiety and also acts as a muscle relaxant. There were no findings of opioids/opiates, cocaine or chloroform.

With the previous mentioned factors, it only seems to logic that Mr. Pannoni didn’t have a fighting chance in defending himself against this viscous attack.

In the preliminary report it was known that the victim’s cause of death was believed to be from multiple stab wounds and remains a consistent result in the full report.

The autopsy and toxicology report released Monday afternoon on Sept. 16, 2019 reveals James Pannoni suffered chemical burns down his left side in addition to the stab wounds as well as an attempt at disarticulation of his right arm at his elbow. This means that his right arm was attempted to be severed by what is consistent with a saw mark that exposed the joint of his right elbow completely per the complete autopsy report. Additionally, he suffered multiple abrasions on his face.

The autopsy report states that there was a lesion on the left buttock and extending down the back of his left leg consistent with chemical burn.

His body was covered in sandy like soil with a strong bleach smell present, covered in two shower curtains and a sheet of clear plastic with a brand new flower bed planted atop of the shallow grave at his home.

Pannoni was stabbed four times where his lungs were punctured with a total of 7 wounds listed in the autopsy to include other injuries to his body.

Saundra Evon Wagner, Suspect. Photo Courtesy Of OCSO

Saundra Wagner is calendared to appear in Onslow County court on Sept. 26. for the felony murder of James Pannoni and Jan. 27, 2020 for felony and misdemeanor larceny.

 

UPDATE: OCSO is underway with a homicide investigation seeking the public’s help

OCSO is underway with a homicide investigation and seeking the public’s help building a timeline leading up to the death of Mr. James Pannoni. Pannoni, who was found dead this week after being reported missing by his daughter from Massachusetts when she was unable to reach her father since his birthday last month.

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.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller conducted a press conference today issuing an update on the homicide investigation of Mr. James Pannoni who was found dead in his home earlier this week. No additional detailed information is available for release at this time regarding the investigation, otherwise, they are awaiting the results of the autopsy and cause of death.

Mr. James Pannoni

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in establishing a timeline of Mr. Pannoni’s whereabouts and activity from March 31, 2019, through April 8, 2019. He drove a 2000 Toyota Tundra 4-door truck, NC registration 89S3DV, dark gray in color. (Pictured Below)

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If you or someone you know has noticed Mr. Pannoni driving or any activity observed around his residence at 101 Chasity Way, Hubert, please contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. OCSO is also looking for any known associates of Mr. Pannoni, including friends and casual acquaintances.

Watch the press conference live stream with our county newspaper JD News reporting: