Emma Jean Douglas and her husband, Josephus Douglas, were separated. Although Josephus had been arrested twice for physical assault against Emma, she often spent time at his house, reports the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCBI).
On March 1, 2001, Emma's daughter filed a missing person report with the Sanford Police Department in Sanford, North Carolina. The report stated that Emma Jean had not been seen or heard from since February 18, 2001, according to the NCBI. Authorities launched a search for Emma Jean and an investigation. During the search for Emma Jean, investigators discovered her abandoned vehicle. The car was found in a vacant lot located across the street from 2647 Fayetteville Street in Sanford. Josephus Douglas lived at 2647 Fayetteville Street. Authorities learned Emma Jean was seen on February 17, 2001. The residence of her estranged husband, Josephus Douglas, is the last place anyone saw Emma Jean.
On May 16, 2001, authorities located the badly decomposed body of Emma Jean Douglas in a wooded area located off Osborne Road in Richmond County, North Carolina. An autopsy revealed that Emma Jean had been shot twice in the head with a .38 or .357 caliber handgun.
Josephus refused to take a polygraph test, reports Unsolved Homicides. Investigators searched his home but failed to locate any additional evidence in the disappearance and murder of Emma Jean. No charges have ever been filed in the homicide of Emma Jean Douglas, and her case remains unsolved.
If you have any information, please contact the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-334-3000.