Body Of Woman Found In Home Months After Death

Authorities say a North Carolina family failed to report the death of an elderly relative who lived in their home, leaving her body in her bed for months.

New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David told a Wednesday news conference that a concealment of death charge would be filed against the woman's daughter, although he declined to identify her by name.

David said the person charged may not face jail time depending on any prior criminal record.

Sheriff's Deputy Charles Smith said Blanche Matilda Roth likely died in May, before her 88th birthday in September. Her body was found after an unidentified 911 caller reported that an elderly woman in the home was unconscious and not breathing.

David said an autopsy on Roth was complete, but he did not reveal the results.

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Authorities say the body of an 88-year-old North Carolina woman lay in her house for up to eight months while caretakers visited the home daily.

New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the suspicious death of Blanche Matilda Roth, who was discovered dead Tuesday in her Wilmington home.

Deputy Charles Smith says Roth likely died in May. Her body was found laying on a bed in the house after an anonymous 911 caller alerted police that an elderly women in the home was unconscious and not breathing.

Smith said caretakers had been coming in and out on a daily basis. He would not specify their relationship. Failure to report a death is a felony in North Carolina.

Officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine cause of death.

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