Pastor’s Wife Died by Suicide Reports Medical Examiner


The cause of death has reportedly been released for Mica Miller, the wife of South Carolina pastor John-Paul Miller, amid an ongoing investigation.

Miller died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Robeson County Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Johnson told WPDE on Monday, May 6. PEOPLE reached out to the medical examiner’s office, which did not confirm the report. 

“Based on the nature of the wound, that it is consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. And it was not in the back of the head, as it has been speculated,” Johnson told WPDE. Johnson said that although he wasn’t the on-call medical examiner when Miller died, he was present at the scene. 

Mica died on April 27 at Lumber River State Park, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. She was 30. 

In a statement on Facebook Monday, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said it was “aware that information pertaining” to Miller’s death was “released by the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.”

“Sheriff Burnis Wilkins has scheduled a meeting with the family of Mica and will be releasing more detailed information to substantiate the medical examiner findings tomorrow evening,” the sheriff’s office continued. “Sheriff Wilkins is also asking for everyone to please await the full timeline of events before making assumptions and coming to conclusions.

Before her cause of death was determined, her husband John-Paul Miller told WDPE on May 2 Miller’s death was a suicide. He also told his congregation the day after she died that her death was “self-induced.” However, some of Miller’s friends questioned that.

“This has to be at least looked into deeply. There’s got to be some accountability here,” Kenn Young, a friend of Miller’s, told WDPE on May 2. “Because yeah, a tragic life was lost, and it’s not just as simple as mental health issues.”

On Sunday, May 5, Miller’s friends and family held a rally outside the Solid Rock Church calling for justice.

Her family also held a memorial service that same day. At the same time as the memorial service, John-Paul hosted a memorial service at the church.

On Monday, May 6, John-Paul was released from his ministerial functions for “a time of healing, counsel, and guidance, pursuant to our governing instrument,” per WPDE. The church’s website was also suspended over the weekend.

Miller and John-Paul were in the process of divorcing, reports ABC 30. Weeks before her death, Mica posted a video on Facebook on the topic of abuse, sharing advice for those who may be in an abusive relationship.

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