Crime

Suspect in Mountain Home murder found dead, sheriff says

Anthony Johnson, who was sought in connection with the killing of Justice Gump.
Anthony Johnson, who was sought in connection with the killing of Justice Gump.

Anthony Alan Johnson, 30, the suspect in the apparent murder Wednesday of a Mountain Home woman, has killed himself, Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead said Friday.

Detectives searching for Johnson came across his body at about 12:05 p.m. Friday in a “very heavily wooded area” near the Meadows Mobile Home Park, the sheriff said. “It appears at this point that the suspect has taken his own life.”

The mobile home park is where first-responders on Wednesday found Justice Marie Gump slumped over in an SUV that hit a telephone pole just after 6 a.m. that day. Gump died of a gunshot wound, Hollinshead said Friday. He would not say whether investigators believe she was shot before the crash. There was no sign that a bullet exited the SUV, he said.

Johnson’s family offered a statement through the Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

“It is with the greatest sorrow that we express our sympathy, prayers, love and support to the friends and family of Justice Gump,” the statement began. Family members said it broke their hearts that Johnson was involved in a killing. “There is no justification for such an act.”

Johnson was the lone suspect in the death. It’s unclear how long his body laid in the woods before detectives found him.

Authorities had asked the public’s help to find Johnson, warning that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Hollinshead would not disclose how or if Johnson and Gump knew each other.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Gump and her 5-year-old son at gofundme.com/memorial-fund-for-justice-gump.

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