Trooper who overlooked dead woman suspended

CLAYTON, N.C.

The North Carolina Deptartment of Public Safety told ABC11 that Trooper Marlon D. Williams was suspended without pay, but could not confirm how long the suspension will last.

This comes after 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 crashed on Swift Creek Road, about five miles outside Smithfield and two miles from Watkins' home.

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 found Watkins' body lying across the front seat.

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.

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