Details of Disappearance Hopson was last seen in the Carver Community area of Johnson City, Tennessee on March 16, 2019. An acquaintance, a carnival worker named James Michael Wright, picked her up to take her to his trailer in Mendota, Virginia so she could clean it. He claimed he dropped her off in Johnson City on March 18. No one else besides him saw Hopson after March 16, however. Her cousin contacted police after she didn't return on March 18 as expected.
In May 2019, Wright was interviewed by police and they searched his truck and found Hopson's cellular phone. In a subsequent interview, he confessed he had killed Hopson and two other women, 22-year-old Elizabeth Marie Vanmeter and 17-year-old Joslyn Alsup. He said they died over the course of eighteen days and all three killings were accidental shootings, not murders.
Police searched Wright's property and found the remains of the other two women, but no sign of Hopson. According to his confession, while he and Hopson were on a walk on March 17, he shot and killed her and was transporting her body in the back of his truck when the body fell out and rolled down an embankment near a bridge. He said he dumped Hopson's remains in the Holston River.
A photo of Wright is posted with this case summary. He has been charged with three counts of capital murder, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and concealing a body.
Hopson has never been located, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.
- Johnson City Police Department
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 18, 2020; casefile added.