Police: Body Left In Hearse For Nine Days

Police and the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service are investigating why a Carrboro woman's body was left in a hearse for nine days.

Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that police found the body of Linda Walton last week after they were asked to investigate a foul odor in Graham. Police found her body in a hearse parked under a tree.

The 37-year-old Walton died in early August in her apartment in Carrboro and her corpse was picked up by David B. Lawson Mortuary.

Police had called Lawson after failing to find Walton's next of kin. Lawson has been a licensed funeral director for more than 30 years and is part of a rotation of funeral homes used by police. He would not talk about the case early Wednesday.

The funeral service's disciplinary committee meets next week to discuss the complaint.


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  • by to Sham & lucy on Aug 25, 2010 at 07:58 PM
    Funny. You need to get a life. Find something to do other than write comments. Nothing about this was funny.
  • by disgusted Location: Nc on Aug 25, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    This is just UNEXCUSABLE! His lisences need to B revoked! Sad! What has this world come to?
  • by lucy on Aug 25, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    too funny for words man, whew, i can only imagine the stink
  • by sham amersi on Aug 25, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    this has to be the funniest story i heard in a while. unbelievable.
  • by joey Location: greenville on Aug 25, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    Call the " NAACP " they know what to do ???? RIGHT :)
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 25, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    remember the song by lynard skynard oooooooh! that smell can you smell that smell?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    I don't know of any reason someone would put a body in a hearse without a casket. I don't think they have to say that. By the way... re the soup comment... tactful. Ever think the family might be reading these?
  • by Nick Location: Washington on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    I know one of the guys who found and reported this foul smell. The body was in a body bag and then in a cardboard box. When they called the cops, the cops started taking pictures of the herse then the funeral home owner came out and said that this is private property and they could not be taking pictures. Only after the cop asked three times did the owner finally admit that there was a body in the herse. Please read newspaper atricles that are in the area to see the whole story.
  • by Cindi Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    Did the family wonder where their loved one was?????
  • by I agree with ME Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    Yep. The funeral home needs to just hand over their deed to the family, because if it were me, I would OWN that place!
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