Skip to comments.Body found in car, days after it was towed
Posted on 04/04/2013 7:09:06 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
(CNN) -- Angry. Sad. Grieving.
That's how family members of 62-year-old Carolyn Watkins described their feelings after her body was discovered in a car, days after it was towed from a crash.
"We were wondering where she was, and she was in the car the whole time," said Algernon Parker, 42, Watkins' son.
Her car was taken to the yard Friday after a trooper discovered it in a ditch in Johnston County, North Carolina. In his report, the trooper noted that no one was in the vehicle.
They filed a report, prompting detectives to go back to the car to search for clues. They found Watkins instead, slumped in the front seat.
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That report has since been called into question[.]
Obviously the trooper is an idiot, but I’m surprised the illegals at the junkyard didn’t notice her when they hauled it in.
I know this is not really funny but the Cage graphic made me LOL.
[shame on you!....and I’m stealing it]
See post #3.
Steal some more.
Real thorough look over of the vehicle there trooper!
In Asheville there was a yellow stripe painted right over the dead possum. At least this guy went around it. LOL
Article says he’s on paid admin leave now.
Nice reward, no?
Paid leave? Good work if you can get it..
Yeah, don’t spot a body and get a padi vacation.
Makes you wonder what else he has not noticed.
I love that movie.
Hell, I love Cage.
That dude’s insane.
I guess it happens a lot. LOL
I’d be willing to bet ten to one that the trooper didn’t want to get his shoes dirty or was too lazy to actually go into the ditch and check out the car and that he merely observed it from the road.
The sad part is the possibility that the woman in the car might have been still alive at the time.
And for that the lazy cop gets a paid vacation.
“slumped in the front seat”
is not hard to spot, by the trooper or the tow truck operator, no?
You’d think so, huh?
This just might show negatively on the troopers performance evaluation...Maybe!
Probably depends on whether or not he is Union.
Notice the slight twitch to the left on the possum pic? Looks as if he had an initial urge to go around it but that would have been too much extra work.
Why am I not surprised?
In response to this crisis, Democrats will propose a law banning people from wearing clothes matching the color of their car seats.
Five or six years ago I was returning home when the car in front of me suddenly swerved to the left and went straight into a deep ditch. I pulled over, called 911, and was getting ready to go down into the ditch when a trooper arrived. He told me to stay where I was, looked down and declared that the driver was drunk and they would get him out when the tow truck arrived. The next day I read in the paper that the driver had had a heart attack and died before reaching the ER. Oh, how I wish I had told the trooper where to go and gone down to the car!
Also found in the front seat of the car were 500 pounds of cocaine, 75 “assault” rifles, and a dead zebra.
In the rear seat there were 75 dead illegal aliens.
The tow truck driver charged $500 extra since he had to hire a semi- tow truck, since his regular truck was having trouble moving the vehicle for some unknown reason.
Sooooo, cop didn’t see her, tow truck operator didn’t see her, what are the odds of two complete idiots being at the same place at the same time?
Happens all the time.
The odds increase exponentially, the closer you get to Washington, D.C.
What was on the local news was that her body was in the floorboard completely hidden by the airbag that had deployed.
Still no excuse. He should have looked under the airbag.
Think what this will do in his future. Any time he goes to court on any other case, this will be used by the defense to demonstrate his incompetence.
The cops wait for the smell before they can detect a body, maybe they should have more ME’s.
He didn’t want to make the rest of the Union crew look bad.
"Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."
This happened nearby here. The dead woman’s family is are less outraged now that the photo of the Highway Patrol Officer has been published. He looks a lot like them.
Reportedly the photos of the car at the scene were taken by a daughter in law who didn’t see any body either.
It’s in an area populated with lots of Mexicans/illegals. Their standard process is to crash drunk in the middle of the night and just abandon the vehicle. The poor officer probably thought he was just towing off another one of those, never to be claimed. Prayers out to the officer in this case, actually.
Carolyn Ann Watkins' 2000 Pontiac was found in a watery ditch, down
a steep embankment off Swift Creek Road, about 4 miles southwest
of Smithfield on March 29, 2013. The car was towed to an impound lot,
and the woman's body was found inside three days later. Someone passing
by the crash scene took this picture and later gave it to the family.
Passenger compartment looks pretty intact.
No seat belt worn?
Thanks, I’m not geeky enough to know how to post photos.
(geeky is a compliment)
That is the local conjecture.
Sounds like a good time for a closed-casket funeral.
Article: They found Watkins instead, slumped in the front seat.
Which one is it ?
Hopefully she was not alive at the time and managed to move back into the front seat...after it was towed...
I'd put money on it...she was..
I feel bad for the Officer but I’m sure it will blow over quickly since the family can’t use racism for the reason he didn’t find her.
“Which one was it “ was a rhetorical question....
I find it very strange it was reported that she was in the front seat and was originally under the dash covered by the airbag...when towed away...
Really sloppy reporting or really bad police work....
Hi L.J., this is a really sad story. Thankfully, I read that she died on impact and didn’t just lie there suffering.
What makes it even worse is that it wasn’t just the Trooper who missed the fact that the woman was in the car, but the tow truck driver as well! And it’s not like she fell onto the floor under the dash - she was slumped over in the seat still!
Sometimes truth /is/ stranger than fiction. I never would’ve believed a scenario like this in a book, or movie...
Her poor family. That must be beyond devastating...