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Person charged with murder after missing woman found dead

Gastonia Police found her body on April 12. SHe was reported missing on April 8.
Credit: Gastonia Police Department

GASTONIA, N.C. — Gastonia Police confirm one person had been charged with first-degree murder after a missing woman was found dead.

According to police, 38-year-old Cherie Shavon Ingram was reported missing from her home in Gastonia on April 8, and had last been seen on March 27. 

On April 12, her body was located in a wooded area in the 400 block of North Broad Street. 

Police confirm 40-year-old Keon Pernell of Garusburg, North Carolina, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Note: WCNC instituted a new policy in March 2021 regarding the broadcast or posting of mugshots.

WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.


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