Updated at 5:33 p.m.

Friends of Wendy Rae Tamagne said she was outgoing and friendly and loved to connect with people.

The 37-year-old woman was found dead July 5 in her Morehead City apartment.Police indicated that Tamagne was beaten, strangled, stabbed and her body dismembered.

David Isaiah Godwin, 25, of Newport, who was wanted by police in connection with Tamagne’s murder, was taken into custody in Oregon Friday night after being on the run for most of last week.

“He is still in Oregon and efforts are being made for extradition,” Morehead City Police Lt. Tim Guthrie said.

Godwin, who investigators say knew Tamagne, is being held in the Clatsop County Jail in Oregon.

Tamagne attended elementary and middle school in Havelock but moved to Newport as a teenager and graduated from West Carteret High School in 1997.

She liked punk rock music, skateboarding and mixed martial arts, friends said. She was at one time married to a Marine and has a teenage son.

“She lived in Newport for a few years, and then when her and her husband separated, she moved to Morehead with her son,” said Eric Hardy, a friend who first met Tamagne in Havelock.

“I had actually sent her a text Tuesday afternoon,” Hardy said of the date Tamagne’s body was found. “There was a fight Tuesday night and she was a big fan of mixed martial arts. I had texted her Tuesday seeing what she had planned for the weekend. I was going to invite her up here to Raleigh to watch the show with me and a couple of childhood friends of mine that she knew, and obviously I never got a reply back and the next day I got the bad news.”

Hardy said Tamagne was known to look out for young Marines she encountered at the Time Out Tavern, a Newport Bar where she would hang out with friends.

“She had a respect for the military, being married to a Marine,” he said. “She would always look out for them and make sure that they had rides home and if they had been drinking that they weren’t trying to drive themselves home. She would try to keep them out of trouble.”

Another friend, Billy Rabon, who grew up in Newport and now lives in Greenville, described Tamagne as generous.

“The biggest word I would have to say with Wendy was giving,” said Rabon. “Giving is what she wanted to do.”

Rabon said at her last birthday, she declined presents but wanted friends to make donations to the Carteret County Humane Society instead.

“That’s the kind of person she was,” said Rabon. “She didn’t care about herself. She cared about others. She loved people, but I think she loved animals more than she loved people.”

Childhood friend Heidi Bramble said Tamagne always helped friends in need of help.

“If her friends were downtrodden and maybe didn’t have their lives together or if they needed help, she was willing to reach out,” Bramble said. “If a friend needed a couch, she would offer that. She was just a very caring person, very considerate of the people around her. She just had a spunky personality and she was very comedic.”

Even after Bramble moved to Georgia, she reconnected with Tamagne through Facebook.

“I waited for her posts,” Bramble said. “She was that type of person. You enjoyed having her in your life, even though it was through an Internet connection. She was just a vivacious being.”

Rabon said Tamagne cared deeply for her son.

“She wanted to be the best mother she could be to her son,” Rabon said. “I believe that was her only live goal, to be the best mother she could possibly be to her son.

“Wendy kind of flew by the seat of her pants, but when it came down to it, family and friends were No. 1 with her.”

Her death is a mystery to her friends.

“She didn’t deserve any of this,” Bramble said. “It’s absolutely devastating.”


MOREHEAD CITY – A suspect in a Morehead City homicide remains in custody in Oregon today after being taken into custody there over the weekend.

David Isaiah Godwin, 25, of Newport, who was wanted by Morehead City Police on a murder charge, was arrested in Oregon after being on the run last week, police said.

“He is still in Oregon and efforts are being made for extradition,” said Morehead City Police Lt. Tim Guthrie.

Guthrie didn’t have any additional information to release but a news report in The Daily Astorian in Oregon states that Godwin knocked on the back door of the Warrenton Police Department Friday night and turned himself in to an officer there.

The officer then found there was an arrest warrant out for Godwin on the murder charge.

Godwin is charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of Wendy Rae Tamagne, 37, of Morehead City.

Tamagne was found dead July 5 at Country Club Apartments after Morehead City Police responded to a requested welfare check.

Police indicated that Tamagne was beaten, strangled, stabbed and her body dismembered.

According to investigators Godwin and Tamagne knew each other and the case is considered an isolated incident.

A wanted bulletin was issued for Godwin, who was considered to be armed and dangerous.

According to the Oregon news reports, Godwin faces no charges there and police believe he may have taken a bus from North Carolina to Oregon.

Godwin is being held in the Clatsop County Jail in Oregon.

Deputy Dave Hillard said Godwin was brought in to the jail on Friday night about 9 p.m. Pacific time and remained there Monday morning without bond.