Questions remain after welfare check reveals corpse

By William Holloman

from reports

A lot of questions remain unanswered as an investigation into a bizarre discovery in the Grantham area continues by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators found a body in a mobile home, and have not yet said how long it had been there. Spokesman Major Richard Lewis said further Information hinges on details from the NC Medical Examiner’s Office.

The woman was identified as 72-year-old Joyce Eileen Law. No cause of death has yet been determined. Major Lewis said since the case is still open, the identity of the male subject in the home will not be released until the probe is complete.

Ms. Law’s body was found in a mobile home at 987 McArthur Pond Road when officers did a welfare check at that address. They said during the check they did make contact with an occupant of the residence, who advised them “there was a decreased person in the residence.” Major Lewis said the body of the woman appeared to have been there for an extended period of time.

The Sheriff’s Office report indicated that the body was transported to the state medical examiner’s office. At this time, a cause of death has not yet been officially determined.

Major Lewis said the occupant of the residence was being questioned and, during the interrogation, suffered a medical emergency. The detective assigned to the issue is still actively investigating all the circumstances surrounding the incident and death and the case remains open.

Major Lewis told the Tribune publicized reports that the body had been in the mobile home for about 13 months and the occupant, the woman’s son, said when the woman (his mother) died, he did not want to give up the body, are reports not released by the sheriff’s department. He said reporters at the scene got that unconfirmed information from family members.

Currently, Major Lewis said officials are awaiting further details from the medical examiner’s office.

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