They want us to believe that it was all a tragic accident, an “ unfortunate dui fatality. They want us to believe that Morgan Patten had a lapse in judgement because she had too much to drink, which, in their words, happens all of the time in a military town. They want us to believe that Morgan walked away from her $20 tab at Applebees Grille and Bar after sharing with the bartender that she was staying in the hotel which shared a parking lot. They want us to believe that Morgan Patten utilized two Ubers, a bus, three planes and a ferry over thirteen hours in order to spend a weekend with her fiancé , yet hopped in a truck with two complete strangers 3 hours after arriving in Jacksonville, NC. They want us to believe that Morgan was enticed to leave Applebees with two strange drunk men because they offered to take her target shooting at 10:30pm, fifteen miles outside of town, on a dead end road in the middle of nowhere, with one lever action rifle and a handful of ammunition. They want us to believe that Morgan Patten was a willing participant in the ride which ended her life; traveling in excess of 90mph with no seatbelt on, pounding beers and having fun right up to the point when she ended up bleeding to death as a Jane Doe, face down in a ditch alongside White Oak River Road. They want us to believe that we didn’t know Morgan at all.
Who are they? They start with the piece of shit who was driving the truck that Morgan died in, Hunter Oneil Wells. He was interviewed at Naval Hospital by Trooper Taylor Stokes, after walking away from the horrific crash with “ scrapes and bruises”. Hunter Wells was interviewed after speaking to his wife, his Platoon Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant, his cousin and a roommate. He is the one who told the story about “going shooting”, which explained why there was a gun found in the wreckage, and perhaps Trooper Stokes and all of the other Theys to follow, found the story as unbelievable as we do, but the story made the crime scene, and the crime, easy to sweep under the rug. Nothing to see here. The one witness who would refute the story is dead.
They include Sgt. John Edwards of the NC Highway Patrol, who notified us that Morgan was the victim of an “unfortunate dui fatality”, spreading the lies told by Hunter Wells. Detective Jonathan Marshburn, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, who was assigned as lead detective in the criminal investigation as a rookie who spent more time and energy sending out his resume to State and Federal Agencies than he did trying to find out what actually happened on November 8, 2019. District Attorney Ernie Lee, Assistant District Attorney Caroline Fountain and Victim’s Advocate Lori Haga who all accepted the story as passed along to them and immediately concluded that the entire situation could be resolved and kept quiet if they believed Hunter Wells’ story, and convinced us that it was all true. But none of them knew Morgan Patten; NONE OF THEM LOVED MORGAN PATTEN!