The Cherokee Police Department and the Swain County Sheriffs Office continue efforts in the investigation of a homicide on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, 3200 Acre Tract Community, located in Swain County. After a five-hour manhunt within a mile of the actual crime scene (1491 Holly Forest Lane); Willoughby Henry Mumma, a 37 year old white male, was apprehended and taken into custody on Friday, Nov. 11 for the murder of Amy Chapman.
The investigation, at this point, reveals there is probable cause to believe that Mumma killed Chapman sometime on the night of Wednesday, Nov. 9. It has not been confirmed, until an autopsy is conducted, on what was used or how she was killed. The suspect was placed into custody and was lodged in the Swain County Jail Facility. He is being held without bond.
Also noted was the cooperation and team effort put forth from the Swain County Sheriffs Office, the Bryson City Police Department, the Graham County Sheriffs Office, Jackson County Sheriffs Office, the FBI, the SBI, and the NC State Highway Patrol ground units and the assistance of their helicopter to locate and apprehend the suspect.
– Cherokee Public Safety
Obituary for Amy Dawn Chapman: