NC driver's body found in wreck police towed

Friday, April 5, 2013 7:07 AM
Last updated 9:17 PM
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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.

Watkins’ son, Al Parker, wondered if his mother’s life might have been saved if the trooper had noticed her in the car.

“I’m thinking she could still have been alive,” Parker said 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?”

Williams, a 9-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, has been placed on paid administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal review that will be conducted with help from the State Bureau Investigation. The patrol refused to release any further information about the incident.

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

A man who answered the phone at Dustin’s Towing and Recovery in Willow Springs said the highway patrol asked him not to talk about the incident.

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rmwhitley 04/05/13 - 08:32 am
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Damn!
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Poor lady.

belle
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belle 04/05/13 - 11:24 am
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this is a sad story but...
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I can't help thinking about the guys who were illegally towing abandoned cars and selling them for scrap. Would have been fitting for them to find something awful like that.

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Fiat_Lux 04/05/13 - 01:17 pm
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Uh oh.

This could be a big lawsuit if the TOD can be determined to be after the tow.

Marlon, dude.

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