On Wednesday medical examiners identified the body as 72-year-old Joyce Eileen Law. No cause of death has been reported.
Deputies knocked on the door in the 900 block of McArthur Pond Road in Mount Olive during a welfare check when the occupant of the home told them that a dead person was inside. Deputies then discovered a body that appeared to have been dead for a period of time.
The body was removed and taken to Wayne UNC morgue and later taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Raleigh.
This case remains under investigation.