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Body of Shannon Rippy found; Arrest made

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A convicted murderer and co-worker of missing Wilmington woman Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk has been arrested and charged in her killing after her body was recovered in Pender County on Tuesday, Vannewkirk’s friend and employer Steve Mott confirmed this morning.

James Opelton Bradley, 51, of 2505 Flint Drive in Wilmington, is being held in the New Hanover County jail on a charge of first-degree murder.

Wilmington Police Department investigators found Vannewkirk’s body buried off Hoover Road in Hampstead on property where Mott was preparing to grow vegetables, he said.

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