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Woman’s Body Found in Car Three Days After Officer Had Crashed Car Towed

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The body of a missing woman was found inside her car three days after it was towed away from the scene of an accident.  Police are trying to figure out how Carol Ann Watkins, a 62-year old woman in North Carolina, was still inside the car, even as police towed and impounded the vehicle.

The woman was reported missing when she didn’t show up to work.  Her car was found crashed after a police search, with the car being in a ditch about 30 miles away from Raleigh.

According to an accident report filed by North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Marlon Williams, the airbags had been deployed inside the car.   He also said that no driver was found at the scene of the accident.

But one important part of the report was wrong. Ms. Watkins’ body was indeed inside the car when the officer found it.   The car was towed by a local company and taken to a lot for storage.  The body was found when another officer discovered it while trying to investigate her disappearance.

Finding the woman’s body inside the car three days after her accident has caused authorities to investigate, and has caused outrage in Ms. Watkins’ family.   Her son, Al Parker, says that he wonders if his mother’s life might have been spared if the officer had taken the time to look inside the vehicle.

“I’m thinking she could still have been alive,” Parker said.  “How do you not look in the car? When you pulled the car out, how do you not see a body in the car?”

Ms. Watkins’ family says that she was healthy at the time of the crash.  Police also do not know what caused her to drive off the road. But officers did find marijuana in her purse when they discovered her body at the impound lot.   Officer Williams has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

“We will release accurate information to the public as soon as available and appropriate,” said Public Safety Commissioner Frank Perry. “At this early stage, our main concern is to conduct a thorough and professional investigation so we can determine exactly what happened.”