Body In Towed Car: Where Was Missing Body Of Carolyn Ann Watkins Hidden?

By Staff Reporter on April 3, 2013 10:20 AM EDT

Carolyn Ann Watkins
2000 Pontiac of Carolyn Ann Watkins in a ditch (Photo: YouTube / BuzzNews Now)

A body found in a towed car Monday, three days after the wreck was ordered to be towed from the crash site off a North Carolina highway.

Authorities identified the body as 62-year-old Carolyn Ann Watkins of Clayton. Watkins' son first reported her missing after she had failed to turn up for work Monday.

Oddly, the accident was filed on Friday when a North Carolina highway trooper discovered a 2000 Pontiac in a ditch near Smithfield, 30 miles southeast of Raleigh, on Friday morning. The trooper reported that both air bags were deployed in the car. However, the trooper was unable to see a body.

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"Note: No driver at the scene of this collision," reported North Carolina highway patrol trooper Marlin Williams.

Marlin Williams then called a local towing company to take the vehicle away to storage. The company eventually discovered the remains of Carolyn Ann Watkins' body in the car Monday evening. Her body was hidden from sight under the deployed airbags.

"They were looking for her pocketbook and the keys, and when they started searching, that's when they found the body in the car," said Carolyn Ann Watkins' son, Al Parker.

"They didn't do their job properly, and we want some answers."

Carolyn Ann Watkins was last seen alive on Thursday. It is unclear when she died, how she died, or how she ended up in the trunk of the vehicle.

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

North Carolina highway patrol trooper Marlin Williams, a 9-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, is now placed on paid administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal review. The State Bureau Investigation will not disclose further information of the incident.

"We will release accurate information to the public as soon as available and appropriate," stated 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."

Learn more about the discovery of Carolyn Ann Watkins' body in the video below:

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