North Carolina murder suspect caught in Dothan was to be interviewed before she fled

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — More information has come out about the murder suspect caught after a chase with Dothan police.

The Onslow County Sheriff deputies of North Carolina began their search for Saundra Wagner, 47, on April 7 after deputies found James Pannoni dead at his home.

According to Colonel Chris Thomas, Pannoni and Wagner were both in a relationship at the time.
 
“We were trying to interview Ms. Wagner, but before we could conduct the interview with her, she fled the area,” Thomas said.
 
Wagner traveled to states as far as Ohio to flee from law enforcement. Law enforcement in Dothan made contact with Wagner on the 3300 block of South Oates Street in a stolen vehicle, and she fled.
 
The chase ended on 300 block of Cherokee Avenue when Wagner crashed on the side of the roadway.
 
“Unfortunately when you have a criminal who has risen to the level of homicide and is wanted for the same, taking that person into custody is a top priority,” DPD Lieutenant Rachel David said. “Public safety is very important to us so we were concerned about those people who would be affected if that person got away.”
 
“I don’t think she had any connections particularly in Alabama,” Thomas said. “I think she was just passing through in wherever her mind to go.”
 
Wagner is currently in custody with the Dothan Police Department at this time.

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