Weighing in on the Mica Miller Case

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Mica Miller, 30, died by suicide on April 27 in a case that has garnered massive media and social media interest. The events leading up to her death prove that the local police failed to protect her from a narcissistic abuser and possibly a killer.

This case is an ongoing investigation, and I will do my best to keep this article updated or write updates in separate posts. Right now, the information is out of control. I’m posting the critical points with links to news articles so you can get more info. There are also tons of TikTok and YouTube videos covering it.

Who are the Millers?

John Paul "J.P." Miller and Mica Miller

Mica married  John Paul “J.P.” Miller in 2018 (or 2017, reports vary) when she was 25 and he was 40. Miller was a pastor at Solid Rock Church at Market Commons, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (not to be confused with Solid Rock Baptist Church)

The couple separated in January 2023, per a police report, and Mica filed for divorce in October. One report states that she served him divorce papers two days before her death, so I am unsure which is correct. Nevertheless, she had posted a series of videos online accusing her husband of abusing and drugging her.

On February 8, Mica was involuntarily hospitalized for 48 hours. 

Miller claimed his wife was not taking her medication properly and needed hospitalization. However, Mica’s father, Michael Francis, said she had decided to take one pill instead of two, which was allowed. Miller often exaggerated and made up things so he could get Mica hospitalized involuntarily. But this was simply the start of Miller setting her up as a mentally ill and delusional woman. (https://www.newsnationnow.com/vargasreports/mica-miller-father-on-pastor/ )

Mica was discharged from the hospital on February 10. Staff told her that her husband had collected her purse and car keys during her hospitalization. Mica returned to the Walmart Neighborhood Market parking lot, where she left her car, and it was gone.

Mica reported the car stolen on February 21, telling the officer that she had known Miller since she was 10 and that he had groomed her while she worked at Solid Rock Church and until their wedding.

The officer contacted Miller, who told him that his wife suffered from annual “episodes” around Christmas and that she spent large sums of money when she stopped taking her medications. Police considered the car “marital property,” so no charges were filed. 

Give me a break.

On March 11, Mica called the Horry County Police Department to report that someone had slashed her tire with a piece of metal, later identified as a tire deflation device available online. Mica named a potential suspect, obviously her husband, but investigators claimed insufficient evidence to prove he was involved. 

How about checking for fingerprints or area CCTV footage?

That same day, Miller approached Mica at a gas station, where she made it clear to him that she did not want to talk to him. She pulled her phone out to record the incident, and he drove off. 

Miller later showed up at the East Coast Honda dealership, where Mica fixed her car. The mechanics informed her they had found a tracking device on her car.  

It’s clear that he was FOLLOWING his wife to intimidate her.

Mica attempted to get a restraining order at the local Magistrate’s office because she was “afraid for her life. While in front of the Magistrate’s office, an officer had met her there so she could hand over the GPS device. Miller slowly drove by in Mica’s car, and Miller identified him as the suspect. The driver picked up speed and drove off.

Again, he was following her. CREEPER.

A Magistrate’s Summons was issued for Mica and Miller to appear for a bench trial on March 26. 

On March 13, a church member tried to set her up by filing a fraudulent police report. This person claimed Mica transferred church donation funds totaling $1199 from its Zelle and Cash App accounts to her bank account. An investigation was to follow, but it is unclear if the police completed it.

On March 26, the bench trial was held, but the outcome is not yet known.

Sometime around mid-April, Miller posted a topless pic of Mica online in retaliation, then posted an apology.

REAL MATURE. Are you 15?

“I’m sorry for putting a picture of you on the internet,” reads Miller’s apology email. “It was for less than one hour and immediately taken down. I was hurt that you are telling everyone horrible intimate details of my past sin, and I just wanted to try and hurt you. Please forgive me. It was evil of me to do that.”

Nine days before her death, Mica sent an affidavit to her attorney.

She wrote: “Since the day we became husband and wife, I have been abused in every way I can think of. Emotionally, sexually, spiritually, financially, and physically. He has harassed me physically and electronically with letters, phone calls, emails, and texts, hacking my emails, hacking my personal Facebook, and impersonating me. Using my stolen phone to send texts and emails out to church members pretending to be me, texting friends and family saying that I am sleeping with teenagers from our church, and showing up in person at places around town … To having installed 3 different tracking devices on my vehicle.” https://www.newsnationnow.com/banfield/it-was-evil-mica-millers-husband-admits-he-posted-topless-pic/?ipid=promo-link-block1 

April 27, Day of “Suicide” 

Mica Miller seen on her home Ring camera departing residence on April 27, 2024

Mica was seen on her ring camera at 10:13 a.m. leaving her apartment on Margarita Drive in Myrtle Beach. Forty-seven minutes later, she was seen again on her Ring camera, arriving back at her residence. She departed again at 11:38 a.m.

The next time Mica is spotted is at 12:12 p.m. on surveillance video walking into Dick’s Pawn Shop, located at 1852 Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach. She is seen a minute later purchasing a weapon and ammunition. Mica left the store at 12:34 p.m.

Mica Miller entering the pawn shop on the day of her death
Mica Miller purchasing a gun and ammo at the pawn shop on the day of her death

At 1:06 p.m., Mica’s black Honda Accord was seen traveling on Highway 501 near Four Mile Road in Conway.

Mica Miller's Honda Accord is seen on CCTV traveling on Highway 501

Mica’s car was seen on CCTV arriving at 41 Grocery and Grill, 4135 SC-41, Mullins, at 1:27 p.m. She left the store eight minutes later after buying a drink and gas.

Mica Miller is seen on CCTV pulling into 41 Grocery and Grill, Mullins, S.C.

At 2:54 p.m., Mica placed a 911 call from an 843 area code number. Mica asked the dispatcher if her phone could be located and then said she was going to kill herself and wanted her family to find her body. Mica hung up the phone before dispatch could gather further information. The dispatcher tried to call Mica back multiple times but could not make contact.

Robeson County deputies were dispatched to Lumber River State Park at 3:03 p.m. for a welfare check and to attempt to locate Mica. Seventeen minutes later, deputies requested a phone ping. They arrived at the park at 3:31 p.m. and began a search with park rangers. They also dispatched the aviation division and an Air3 sUAV drone to the park. Detectives with the Air3 sUAV arrived at 3:50 p.m.

SKY 15 aerial footage of Lumber River State Park on April 27.

During an aerial search for Mica, fisherman Johnnie Jacobs approached detectives, saying he had found a bag containing Mica’s ID while fishing. Detectives confiscated the bag. 

“She had her license, her bank card, keys in the bag, a little small Bible, her purse, all of her credit cards, and a few receipts and some things,” Jacobs told WBTW.

“I happen to hear a faint cry. A real faint cry. And I thought to myself ‘Oh, I wonder what’s going on?’ I couldn’t tell if it was a male or a female. So, I just put it out of my mind. That maybe went on for about two or three minutes. And then all of a sudden. I hear a gunshot. I said to myself ‘Oh my God don’t tell me,’ because the crying had stopped. I said, ‘Don’t tell me something’s happened.'”

While preparing to leave, he saw three people on a boat at the lake.

“I plainly asked them, I said, ‘Did y’all hear that gunshot? They said yes. I said well I heard crying. They said ‘Well we don’t hear none.‘ I said, ‘I heard the crying.'”

Jacobs received a lot of hate following his media interview, with people accusing him of being Mica’s killer. It was BS.

Another fisherman contacted Robeson County 911 at 4:23 p.m., saying he found a body in the water while fishing in his kayak. Deputies secured the area for an investigation.

A crime scene technician arrived a while later and photographed the area of investigation, including Mica’s Honda Accord. They collected items of evidence from her vehicle and the incident location that included a Sig Sauer gun case in the passenger seat of the vehicle, a box of ammunition in the center console, a receipt for the handgun from the pawn shop, and a receipt from the convenience store. Both receipts were dated for the same day of Mica’s death.

Searchers recovered the firearm in the water at 7:11 p.m.  The serial number matched the gun box found in Mica’s car.

Map of Mica Miller's whereabouts before her death.
Photo credits: ABC13 News

Since Mica Miller’s Death

On April 28, Miller announced his wife’s death to his church congregation.

“I got a call late last night, my wife has passed away. It was self-induced and it was up in North Carolina,” Miller said.

“Y’all pray for me and my kids and everybody. You all knew she wasn’t well mentally, and she needed medicine that was hard to get to her. I’m sure there will be more details to come, but keep her family in your prayers.

And there it is. Miller was still setting up Mica. 

He then told the congregation to leave without discussing it.

On May 1, Solid Rock Church filed a police report crying about harassing messages following Mica’s death. The next day, Miller gave an interview with WPDE.

“Mica was incredibly energetic. She was very creative. She created just about everything we have here at our church. Logos, designs, everything on the screen was all her. She was easily excited. The smallest thing would get her going, motivate her to do big things.

“So, over the years since we’ve been married, some people struggle with high blood pressure. Some people struggle with diabetes or struggle with mental health. And whenever she stayed on her lithium, things were amazing. She’d come off sometimes and things would get a little unusual. Per her doctors, they told her even recently, that she was homicidal or suicidal, and just as high as someone can go up they can go just as low and so the highs, you know, you can see on film and all but the lows were a lot of times behind closed doors. And she had struggled with suicide before and each time we helped her through it and took her to her doctor and we got through it and everything was fine. She even gave a few testimonies here at church we have on video of times where she had battled suicide, but God took care of her and got her through it. And so this past time, it’s still a shock, an incredible shock.”

Mica’s family disputed the manner of death described by Miller.

Mica’s father, Michael Francis, and sister, Destinee Barrientos, later told News Nations’ Ashleigh Banfield that they hold John-Paul responsible for Mica’s death.

“I know she was pushed to the brink. … My theory is broad right now. There are bruises on her hand and injuriesThese things are not documented, and they don’t show up for no reason. We just want more answers,” Francis said. “As soon as they got married, her behavior went downhill fast. She seemed to be more sad, more under control. I believe he compressed her. He just sucked the life right out of her and caused her to go downhill.” 

A Facebook user took and posted these photos on May 3, allegedly showing Miller with his girlfriend.

Photo of John Paul Miller with alleged girlfriend Suzie Skinner taken by a local.

Notice he’s still wearing his wedding ring. They brought along a laptop to make it look like they were working. 😉 See more about this later in the article.

Dr. Richard Johnson, Robeson County Medical Examiner, released Mica’s cause of death on May 6 and concluded she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that “it was not in the back of the head, as it has been speculated.” 

The next day, RCSO released the 911 call, the pawn shop’s security footage, and a timeline detailing the day Mica died. A week later, RCSO released a statement stating they requested assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

So, that is where the investigation is at the moment. 

Mica’s sister has a TikTok and shared text messages Miller sent to her phone, which caused her to dial 911. 

According to News Nation, “In the call, Mica’s sister told the dispatcher that John-Paul was threatening suicide and that he texted “blood is going to be on your hands.” The sister asked for a police officer to check the roads to ensure John-Paul did not show up.”

“The proof is in the abuse,” Francis wrote on TikTok. “Police reports were filed when J.P. threatened his life, we did a wellness check. That is when he got mad. Police stated ‘when they arrived to perform a wellness check, he was loading micas belongings into his truck. he stated he was not suicidal.’ #justiceformica.” 

TCD’s Thoughts

Everything below is strictly the opinion of this author.

I had to weigh in on this one because of Mica’s sinister minister husband and his narcissistic behavior. There are so many people doing the same thing as me but this case pissed me off. I usually stay away from recent cases because of all the speculation, but this one got to me.

I don’t necessarily believe Mica took her own life. Miller (and possibly his LOVER) could have followed her that day and killed her. We already know that he followed her EVERYWHERE. So, it’s safe to assume he did so that day.

She might have intended to go to the park to relax and chill as she was stressed. Pictures on Google show the park as a fun and relaxing way to spend a full day or an afternoon. I think that’s what she intended, but he showed up instead.

Investigators claim Miller and his MISTRESS were not in North Carolina. But they refused to identify these “witnesses” who claimed to have seen him. I would wager that they are either his mistress, friends, church members or a combination of all, so I do not find them CREDIBLE. They probably LIED for him. The church itself is el-creepo.

Also, Miller could have hired someone to do it if he was still in S.C. The gun was in the water, so no fingerprints. Did the M.E. check Mica’s hands for gun residue? The water probably washed it off anyway, presumably. And what if Miller stood directly behind Mica, held her tight against him with one arm, forced the gun into her hand, covered his hand over hers, and pulled the trigger? Or what if he had put the gun up to her head and pulled the trigger? How could an M.E. distinguish between Miller or Mica as the shooter? I think Miller’s plan all along was to set up a suicide. 

There’s CCTV of Mica buying a gun in a pawn shop shortly before her death. So what? She could have bought it for protection from her unstable, stalker husband. She feared for her life and had told her loved ones, “if I end up with a bullet in my head, J.P. did it.”

That speaks volumes.

Now, who is the MISTRESS? I hope trolls flood her social media pages. I would wager she’s a church member, and there is probably a picture of her on their F.B. page.

Who is the woman in the photos with Miller and is she and his mistress one and the same? Internet sleuths say she is Suzie Jefferis Skinner, a Myrtle Beach-based physical therapist.

Skinner’s husband also died under mysterious circumstances, well I think so anyway. He was a paraplegic and used a wheelchair. He drowned in a neighborhood swimming pool in 2021. On the day of his death, he was supposed to meet someone for chess. A memorial service was held at — you guessed it — Solid Rock Church.

I saw this posted on FB, so I do not know who originally posted it.

Facebook post about Christopher Skinner's death.

“Chris always went to the pool and walked his dog,” Skinner said in a 2021 article. “If somebody was around, they would let him into the gate of the pool and he would go in there all the time.

“That day, I guess when he was driving [his wheelchair], nobody was there, and he got too close to the edge and fell in … A neighbor had to come to get me and said, ‘You have to get to the pool right away,’ and I just had that instinct. I just knew.”

Here is what Skinner said regarding the above photos of her and Miller together, per Distractify.com:

“He is my friend. His wife died four days ago and he had no one to eat with. He asked some people to sit with him, but no one could go. So when asked if I could go, I went. We’ve been friends for years.

Really? Then, why are you sitting right next to him and not across from him?

“It wasn’t a date. People also said he took his wife’s life but we think she called the police before she did that and said she bought a gun and wanted to kill herself and wanted to make sure they could ping her phone so her family could find the body … Then she did it. She has attempted suicide before, she is schizophrenic, bipolar, and has dependent personality disorder.

“She put herself off her medication starting in December, against her doctor’s orders and JP’s wishes, and even texted her family to tell them she was doing it …”

Throw Mica under the bus some more, why don’t you?

I mean, Skinner practically wrote a novel, first defending herself, then defending him, and finally, making Mica out to be severely mentally ill. How does she know so much about Mica? And I’m sorry, but we have two young people who are dead and whose spouses are likely doing the dirty and have been for years. I don’t buy your story, lady.

Things that don’t make sense in this case:

  1. If Mica wanted to die by suicide, why would she drive 73 miles to a national park to do it instead of her home or another wooded area somewhere closer?
  2. The 911 call: She asks the dispatcher if the woman could track her if her location is turned on. Her voice is controlled and calm, and it sounds like she is careful with what she says yet trying to get the dispatcher to pick up on something. She is not upset, and she calmly tells the woman that she is going to take her own life and wants her family to find her body. But she hung up before anything further happened.
  3. Why would she take her own life in a national park if she worried about her family not finding her body?
  4. My next point. Why would you call 911 to report your own suicide? The call makes zero sense.
  5. The fisherman found her body in WATER and police located the gun conveniently in the water. I find that odd for a suicide. However, putting a body and gun in the water will do the trick if you want to get rid of evidence.

Then there is this theory from a TikTok regarding the 911 call and Al, and you know what? It makes sense. 


Was AI used in the Mica Miller 911 call?

♬ original sound – Robbie Harvey

Where did Mica go after leaving her residence at 10:13 a.m.? Police allegedly know all of her moves that day. Where was she during this time? She returned 47 minutes later and left again at 11:38. She arrived at the pawn shop at 12:12. It takes only 11 minutes to drive there, per Google Maps. What was she doing for 13 minutes? Where did she go?

The convenient store Mica stopped at is 40 minutes from the park, so she should have arrived at Lumber River State Park around 2:15. 

Mica placed the 911 call at 2:54 p.m. What was she doing during these 39 minutes? Did anyone see her? We know there were others at the park that day. It was a Saturday, and temperatures were in the 70s by 3 p.m., so there were probably several people there that day. Why didn’t anyone see her?

Who were the people on the boat? Have police released their names? How could the fisherman hear the faint cry but not them? I find that odd.

Jacobs said he heard the crying for a few minutes but could not determine if the person was male or female. I think it was her, but someone else was there making her cry. For the record, I do not believe he killed Mica.

Her husband is a sinister minister and physically and emotionally abused her. She had left him and tried to get a restraining order against him. She had ZERO reason to kill herself. And while she acknowledged in a video that she was going through a lot and was stressed, she otherwise seemed happy with how her life was heading. 

She was also a deeply religious person, and killing yourself is supposedly the ultimate sin for which you cannot be forgiven. Also, she fought hard for herself, documenting everything through the police that the jerk was doing to her and posting videos online. These are not the actions of someone who was going to take her own life.

If she did take her own life, he drove her to it. He’s an a$$hole. Like Miller, his attorney and family are trying to make her out to be some mentally ill and delusional woman, which is typical of narcissists. 

And that church, well, this is what someone posted on its Facebook page in response to all the hate they have received. They also took down their website. 🤣

It was immature. Whoever did it should not have posted anything, but I have a feeling Miller was behind it.

Solid Rock Church Facebook post Proverbs 29:8 AMP: "Scoffers set a city a fire inflaming the minds of the people but wise men turn away wrath."

UPDATE, May 20, 12:30 p.m.: After I published this article this morning, I went to the FB page under my TCD page. Solid Rock Church BLOCKED ME after I reacted (laughing emoji, of course) to their latest post. 🤣🤣🤣 But they have nothing to hide!! The joke’s on them — I can still access their page on my personal FB!

So this is what I think of this case, and I acknowledge that she might have taken her own life. However, I still blame Miller because she would be alive today if it wasn’t for him.

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