LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 23-year-old Lumberton woman whose body was found in a swamp one day after she was reported missing and two days after a shooting at her home injured her mother, according to sheriff’s Capt. Anthony Thompson.
The body of 24-year-old Lauren Holmes, of 3672 N.C. 711 East, was pulled from a swamp on Sunday at about 11:16 a.m. after a man who was walking down Holly Swamp Church Road called 911, according to Thompson. Thompson said that Holmes died of a gunshot wound. Her body was fully clothed, according to Thompson.
Thompson said that Holmes’ death is being investigated as a murder. An autopsy is planned.
Holmes was reported missing on Saturday by her mother, 44-year-old Starr Hunt, who also lives at 3672 N.C. 711 East. He said the two last spoke on Thursday as Holmes was leaving the home at about 10:30 p.m.
Thompson said Hunt was struck in the arm by a bullet on Friday morning when someone fired shots into her home. The shooting may be connected to Holmes’ death, he said.
There were three children in the home at the time of the shooting but none were injured, Thompson said.