Deputies ID body found in trailer a year after death

WAYNE COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Deputies have identified the woman whose body apparently had been in a mobile home for more than a year as her son still lived there.

Wayne County deputies say there is still no cause of death yet for Joyce Law.

The 72-year-old woman's body was found last Thursday in the bedroom of her McArthur Pond Road mobile home after deputies went there for a welfare check.

A family friend says the woman's adult son told her that his mother died on January 2, 2017. The son said he was still living in the home with his mother's body, according to the friend.

Deputies say as the case is still open they are not releasing the man's name.


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Deputies hope an autopsy will reveal how a woman died after her body was discovered during a welfare check.

Wayne County deputies went to a home on McArthur Pond Road outside of Mount Olive last Thursday.

The person at the home told a detective there was a deceased person in the home. The woman's body was found in a bedroom, and deputies believe she had been dead for several months.

A family friend said the woman lived there with her adult son.

"He said, Bonnie I've been lying to you for the past year, My mother died January 2nd of last year and she's still here in the house in her bedroom and the sheriff's department is here," said Bonnie Cooley.

Deputies said as of today, the woman has not been positively identified nor has a cause of death been released.

No charges have been filed in the case, while the mobile home has a condemned notice posted on the front door.