Body found behind home of missing Wake County woman

WENDELL, North Carolina (WTVD) -- The Wake County Sheriff's Office says a body has been found behind the home of a woman who's been missing since last summer.

The body, which has been sent to the Medical Examiners Office for identification, was found buried in a shallow grave.

Carolyn Sue Fox, 74, was last seen at her home in the 6500 block of Turnipseed Road near Wendell.

According to search warrants in the case, 53-year-old Stephen Schrader is suspected in his mom's disappearance.

Stephen Schrader

image courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification

He told authorities she moved to the Philippines, but investigators determined she never traveled out of country or even applied for a passport.

News of the discovery of a body shocked Fox's neighbors.

"There's always hope that you hope they're alive, but in the back of your head, it's pretty obvious that someone who's gone for nine months that something good didn't happen," said James Tyler.

Another neighbor said he heard the story that Fox had gone away.

"We've heard that she went to Canada with the dogs, that she's gone to the Philippines. You hear all kinds of stuff of stories and where he said she was at," Thomas Best explained.

Tyler said Fox was a good person.

"She was a really nice lady. It's really sad that such a tragedy happened over there. But, yeah, she was a really sweet lady. She came over here and talked to my roommate all the time," he recalled.

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