Autopsy reports Allisha Watts' cause of death as 'undetermined'

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Thursday, March 14, 2024
Autopsy reports Allisha Watts' cause of death as 'undetermined'
An autopsy on Allisha Watts, the missing Moore County woman who was found dead in August, was unable to determine her cause of death.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The family of Allisha Watts plans to hold two prayer vigils this week after her autopsy was released to the public.

The first one is Thursday at 6 p.m. in Southern Pines, where she lived. The next one is scheduled for noon on Friday.

The missing Moore County woman who was found dead in August, was unable to determine her cause of death, a report released Wednesday noted.

The 39-year-old Watts had been missing since July 16. Her boyfriend, James Wendell Dunmore, of Charlotte, has been charged with murder.

Because the body was in such a state of decomposition and "given the scene findings, autopsy findings, and toxicological findings, as well as the impossibility of ruling out other competing causes of death because of skeletonization, the cause and manner of death ... are best left as undetermined," the medical examiner wrote.

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"This is just not her. This is kind of strange. It frightens me."

The report did reveal more about how authorities found her remains. Her cell phone GPS was tracked to a farm where a search was performed. Watts' remains were found buried along Cemetery Road in a rural area near the Montgomery-Richmond county line.

ABC11 spoke to a family friend, Arthur Mason, at the American Legion Post who said he was sad after reading the autopsy report.

"It took them that long to come up with this? It's a straight-up tragedy, it's horrible and it took them that long," he said. "By them saying it's undetermined that's preposterous. It's crazy. They got to do better than that."

Mason said he met Watts at the American Legion Post.

"You can feel her presence not being there simply by the number of people who show up because she would bring people," he said. "She had that charisma about her, people would be interested in what she said because she was genuine."

A toxicology report did not find any substances in her remains.

Watts was last seen leaving her boyfriend's home in Charlotte on July 16.

Dunmore is being held on a $1 million bond.

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