Woman Who Died in Accident Found in Recovered Vehicle
62-year-old Carolyn Watkins’ body was found in her vehicle after it was towed from the scene of an accident. Her car was towed to a wrecking yard after it was discovered on Friday.
“We were wondering where she was, and she was in the car the whole time,” said Algernon Parker, 42, Watkins’ son.
She was discovered on Monday, the day her family reported her missing.
Her son extrapolated: “Even if it was a dog, that would be bad, but you know, I mean, a human? Come on now. You don’t even want to leave your dog in the car for 2 to 3 hours.”
The trooper who found her car in Johnston County, North Carolina, said no one was inside the vehicle.
That report has since been called into question, and authorities said they are working to get to the bottom of the case.
“First and foremost, we offer our most sincere condolences to Carolyn Watkins’ family,” said Frank Perry, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Law Enforcement Division.
“At this early stage, our main concern is to conduct a thorough and professional investigation so we can determine exactly what happened.”
Her son’s wife, Patricia, told authorities they didn’t report her as missing because they thought she had gone out of town for the holiday weekend. Watkins lived with her son and daughter-in-law in Clayton, also in Johnston County.
When she didn’t show up for work on Monday, authorities were notified. They went to search her vehicle and found her slumped in the front seat.
They family was devastated and concerned that she may have been alive when the vehicle was towed. Medical Examiners confirmed that she had succumbed before that happened.
The Trooper who found the vehicle is on administrative leave.
Columnist-The Guardian Express