Woman’s Body Found in Her Car Three Days After Vehicle Impounded
Smithfield, NC – this past Friday, local police retrieved a water submerged vehicle approximately 4 miles outside of town.
Three days after the vehicle towed to an impound lot, the body of the car’s owner, 62-year-old Carol Ann Watkins, was found – in the driver’s seat. Despite the obvious discovery of the body, the police report submitted by the North Carolina Highway Patrol listed the car as “no driver (was) at the scene of this collision.”
When Mrs. Watkins didn’t show up at her place of employment on Monday, her family filled out a missing person’s report said her son, Algernon Parker.
As her vehicle was being searched for wallet and keys, the discovery was made. Her son, Algernon Parker, is now demanding an explanation.
“They were looking for her pocketbook and the keys, and when they started searching, that’s when they found the body in the car,” Parker said.
The Highway Patrol didn’t explain to the family why Watkins’ wasn’t seen in the car earlier.
“They didn’t do their job properly, and we want some answers,” Parker said.
It should be noted that not even after the body was discovered did police offer any explanation to the family. The Department of Public Safety has now launched an investigation into the matter.
As part of the investigation, state trooper M.D. Williams, who filled out the police report, was placed on paid leave. Mrs. Watkins’s family is concerned that their mother may have been alive at the time her car was spotted. Her daughter-in-law wants to know if it may have been possible to save her life had the police handled the accident competently.
The NC state Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Highway Patrol, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon expressing regret for the situation.
“First and foremost, we offer our most sincere condolences to Carolyn Watkins’ family,” Commissioner Frank Perry, who heads the department’s Law Enforcement Division, said in the statement. “Our main concern is to conduct a thorough and professional investigation so we can determine exactly what happened.”
The Inquisitr reports, a man working at Dustin’s Towing and Recovery told a reporter that the highway patrol asked him not to talk about the incident.
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