Fort Bragg soldier charged with murder of young woman found dead in motel


An Army private from Fort Bragg was charged with the murder of a young woman in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this week.

Chandler Ari Dunmeyer, a soldier assigned to the  82nd Airborne Division, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to Myrtle Beach Police Capt. Joey Crosby.

According to detectives, 19-year-old Dunmeyer confessed to killing 20-year-old Colee Alora Muirhead at the Beachcomber Inn and Suites early Monday morning.

Authorities allege Dunmeyer shot and killed Muirhead after meeting at the hotel to exchange a previously discussed amount of money.  Dunmeyer withdrew the amount of money they had discussed through text messages on Sunday from an ATM, according to Myrtle Beach Online.

Police say a man matching Dunmeyer’s description was seen on the same model motorcycle that he recently purchased arrive at the motel and enter Muirhead’s motel room.

Colee Alora Muirhead (Facebook)

“Video surveillance showed that no entry was made into the room after the defendant exited the room until the body was discovered,” the affidavit also states.

Dunmeyer was named a person of interest within 24 hours of the crime and was detained in North Carolina by officers. Authorities at Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Dunmeyer joined the Army in May of last year and had only been assigned the 82nd Airborne for two months.

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