Allisha Watts was reported missing on July 16, 2023, from the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Investigators continue to actively search for the missing 39-year-old. They are asking for help with any additional information about her disappearance.
The Disappearance of Allisha Watts
Friends and co-workers described Allisha Watts as a driven woman. Watts is the CEO of Inspired Visions Support Services, Inc. According to her friends and family, Allisha Watts was last seen while on her way to spend the weekend with her boyfriend, James W. Dunmore, in University City, North Carolina. At the close of the weekend, Watts had made plans with friends for Sunday night to attend a comedy show at Bojangles Coliseum but did not show up. They repeatedly attempted to text and call Watts’ cell phone with no answer.
On July 17, 2023, North Carolina State Troopers were dispatched to the Anson County Department of Motor Vehicles in Polkton, NC, for a report of an unresponsive man in their parking lot. A Samaritan reported a man unconscious in a black Mercedes. When officers ran the registration, the car was in Allisha Watt’s name. Police transported the man, later identified as Dunmore, to an area hospital. Police arranged for the vehicle to stay in a DMV parking lot overnight.
The next day, July 18, 2023, a welfare check was requested for Watts, which subsequently initiated a missing person’s report.
Searching for Allisha Watts
Investigators immediately began interviewing Watt’s friends and family. They learned that Watt’s was last seen on July 16, 2023, in her black Mercedes, leaving Dunmore’s home on Pamela Lorraine Drive, University City, NC. Detectives began their search at the home of James W. Dunmore hoping to find clues to Allisha’s whereabouts. Investigators found a shell casing in the street in front of Dunmore’s house, but there is no solid evidence linking the shell casing to anything that may or may not have happened to Watts.
A still image taken from a surveillance camera at the North Lake Mall in Charlotte appears to show Watts leaving the parking lot on July 16, 2023, but no further information was able to be determined from the photo.
A private citizen entered Allisha Watt’s name into the NameUs National Missing Persons Database. The database is primarily used for missing, unidentified, or unclaimed victims of at least 180 days. Investigators did their own entry into the database to ensure that the correct information was sited. On July 10, 2023, just 6-days prior to Watt’s going missing, the missing timeframe requirement changed from 30-days to 90-days.
Additional Information Uncovered on James Dunmore
Police discovered that James Dunmore has a violent past. They reported details he had a kidnapping conviction in May 2023 in Durham County, NC. It was also reported that a previous girlfriend had been kidnapped and Dunmore had threatened to kill her. These facts enabled the victim to petition for a domestic violence protection order against Dunmore. His criminal history includes convictions for assault, battery, and kidnapping in Virginia in 2003. He spent five years in prison plus an additional 15 years probation for abduction. Dunmore also has a history of suicide attempts.
Currently, investigators have said that James Dunmore is a person of interest, but they have not yet interviewed him due to his unnamed medical issues.
Many vigils and the outpouring of community support for Watt’s family have been abundant. The family has announced they plan to have additional gatherings in honor of Watts are planned for the future.
Alisha Watts is Found
On August 24, 2023, approximately one month after her disappearance, investigators discovered the remains of Alisha Watts. She was behind a Norman Community Cemetery on Cemetery Road, just outside Norman, North Carolina. Investigators from the Moore County Sheriff’s Department had been searching driving routes between Alisha’s home in Firefox and Charlotte, where her boyfriend, James Dunmore, lived. Cemetery Road is a rural back road, according to investigators.
James Dunmore is Arrested
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for James Dunmore, which can be found here. The arrest warrant states that Dunmore “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice aforethought kill and murder Allisha Watts” on or about July 16. This was the last day that a witness saw her.
James Dunmore is currently being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail. His case has been moved to the superior court. His next court date is scheduled for October 23, 2023.