NC trooper who overlooked dead woman suspended

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Trooper Marlon D. Williams (WTVD)

CLAYTON, N.C. — The North Carolina trooper accused of overlooking a dead woman in her wrecked car has been suspended.

The North Carolina Deptartment of Public Safety told WTVD that Trooper Marlon D. Williams was suspended without pay, but could not confirm how long the suspension will last.

Authorities said Williams, a 9-year Highway Patrol veteran, failed to see the body of 63-year-old Carolyn Ann Watkins in the front seat of her car that crashed in a ditch.

The car crashed on Swift Creek Road, about five miles outside Smithfield and two miles from Watkins’ home on March 29.

Watkins’ family reported her missing three days later when she did not show up for work.

When Smithfield police detectives went to a towing recovery lot to look for clues in her car, they said they found Watkins’ body lying across the front seat.

Officials said the State Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation and determined Williams was negligent in handling the car crash scene. No criminal charges will be filed.

Source: WTVD