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HEAR IT: Mica Miller Calls 911 to Tell Dispatchers She’s ‘About to Kill Myself’

HEAR IT: Mica Miller Calls 911 to Tell Dispatchers She’s ‘About to Kill Myself’

A South Carolina pastor’s wife called 911 and told a dispatcher she was going to kill herself and wanted to make sure they could trace her phone so her family could find her.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said that Mica Miller, 30, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at Lumber River State Park in North Carolina on April 27, as CrimeOnline reported. Her husband, John-Paul Miller, told investigators that she had suffered from mental health issues for years.

Mica Miller reportedly filed for divorce last October, and her family said she had recently sought a no-contact order against her husband.

“Unfortunately, rumors and conspiracy theories were spreading quickly, and assumptions were being made.” Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkson said. “However, in the end, we must make decisions based on the facts, and evidence that has been gathered.

“While I know it’s not what many people wanted to hear, the evidence is quite clear and compelling, and we are as saddened as anyone that this occurred. There are many factors that we have reviewed that occurred over an extended period of time that are probably related to the reason for this investigation, but in the end, sadly, a tragic decision was made by Mica that ended her life.”

Wilkins met with Mica Miller’s family before the sheriff’s office released detailed information from its investigation that included surveillance video showing her buying a handgun and ammunition from a Myrtle Beach pawn shop on the shortly after noon on April 27.

Mica Miller buying handgun at Myrtle Beach pawn shop/Robeson County Sheriff’s Office

After leaving the pawn shop, she drove toward Conway on US Highway 501 and stopped for a drink and gasoline at a store on South Carolina 41 in Mullins at about 1:30 p.m. Just before 3 p.m., she called Robeson County, North Carolina, 911 from Lumber River State Park, about 33 miles from the store in Mullins.

“I’m about to kill myself, and I just want my family to know where to find me,” the caller said near the end of the 2 1/2 minute call.

The dispatcher sent deputies to the location at the park, and the deputy contacted the park superintendent. Rangers and deputies searched the area, utilizing a drone, and located Miller’s black Honda Accord in the parking lot. On the passenger seat, they found a Sig Sauer gun case and a box of ammunition in the center console. The also found the receipt for the gun and ammo purchase and the receipt from the convenience store, both dated April 27.

As they searched the park for the 911 caller, investigators came upon a person who had found a bag near the water’s edge with identification belonging to Miller. That person reported hearing someone crying and a gunshot while he was fishing.

As the search continued, a call came in reporting a body found in the water. Deputies responded to that location and contacted the medical examiner’s office. The body was identified as Mica Miller.

Mica Miller pulls in for gas at a convenience store in Mullins, South Carolina/Robeson County Sheriff’s Office

A 9mm Sig Sauer handgun was found in the water near the body. It’s serial number matched the number found on the box in Miller’s car. They also located Miller’s phone and other personal belongings.

“A search of Miller’s phone revealed that she conducted a Google search for ‘national parks near me’ and the Lumber River State Park location was provided,” the sheriff’s office said.

According to investigators, John Paul Miller and Mica Miller were “separated and were involved in the legal system.” Investigators contacted John Paul Miller and a woman he is reportedly “romantically involved with” and learned that neither were in North Carolina the night before or the day of Mica Miller’s death. John Paul Miller was, in fact, in Charleston on April 27 at an athletic event and he “was accompanied while traveling to and from the event.”

The sheriff’s office offered John Paul Miller an opportunity to meet with investigators and hear the results of the investigation, but he refused, sending word through his attorney that he would not come to North Carolina for such a meeting.

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[Featured image: Mica Miller/Robeson County Sheriff’s Office]