Missing Woman’s Body Found in Car Days After it was Towed

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  • RALEIGH, N.C. — The body of a missing North Carolina woman was found inside her wrecked car, three days after it was ordered by a state trooper to be towed away from the crash scene.

    Carolyn Ann Watkins, 62, of Clayton was reported missing by her son early Monday after she failed to show up at work.

    An accident report filed Friday by N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Marlon Williams shows her crashed 2000 Pontiac was found Friday morning in a deep ditch near Smithfield, about 30 miles southeast of Raleigh. Both air bags deployed.

    “Note: No driver at the scene of this collision,” Williams wrote in his report.

    The patrol had a local towing company move the car to a lot for storage, where it remained with the Clayton woman inside until her body was discovered Monday evening by a Smithfield police officer searching for clues about her disappearance.

    It was not immediately clear when Watkins died. She was last seen alive Thursday.

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