NEW INFO: Police Release ID Of Woman Found Dead Near Restaurant

Jacksonville police have released the name of a woman who was discovered dead next to a drive-through restaurant on Tuesday.

Betty Hobbs was found in her vehicle, in a gravel driveway next to the Sonic Drive-Thru on Lejeune Boulevard around 6:00 p.m. Police say they are still investigating the 60-year-old woman's death and are awaiting autopsy results.

The woman's obituary says she was a cafeteria worker for the Onslow County School System. Her funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Bethany Baptist Church.

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Jacksonville police say they're investigating the unattended death of a person near a drive-through restaurant on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Beth Purcell would only say the person appeared to be alone when they died and the death doesn't seem to be anything suspicious, but their investigation is continuing. It happened adjacent to the Sonic Drive-Thru on Lejeune Boulevard.

Purcell would not release the time of the death, whether the person was a man or woman, or the victim's age. That information is public information under North Carolina's Open Record Law.

The general manager of the restaurant said it did not happen on their property, but in a gravel driveway next to the business.

A family member says the victim was a woman who was in her vehicle when she died. A nearby business owner says it happened around 6:00 p.m.

Police do say they are awaiting on an autopsy on the victim.

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  • by booger Location: enc on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    I wonder why no one attended?
  • by Lawman Location: Atlanta on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Unattended death in police talk just means no one was present at the time of death to give an account of the circumstances surrounding the death. In other words, the deceased was alone at the time of death.
  • by boxer on Jun 2, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    unattended a term used when there is no apparent reason for the death, and they die ALONE.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    Living in Jacksonville, I stay confused. Think it's something in the water.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    From the definitions I've read, it sounds like any death in which the decedent was not under the care of a physician or hospice nurse, is an unattended death. It's a confusing set of circumstances, and considering the limited information, it would make more sense not to even use the term in the story. An "unexplained death" makes more sense.
  • by assume on Jun 1, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    i assume if it was unattended death and not suicide perhaps the deceased had a terminal disease and chose a suicidal means, ie, carbon monoxide, OD, heat to end their life.
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      by WHAT? on Jun 3, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to assume
      You really should not assume such horriable things about a person. You dont know what happened or why she passed on so keep your mouth shut.
  • by Okay... Location: ENC on Jun 1, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    I am confussed. It was "unattended." I didn't know that tickets were sold for people dying to be watched. Secondly, the manager says it happened off of Sonics property. The family member says she died in her car, and another states the death happened around 6 pm. How do they know all of this information if the investigation is being so hush hush, and no one was in attendence?
  • by why? Location: anywhere on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:47 PM

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