It is unclear how the woman entered the vehicle, and why it took so long for her body to be discovered.
Authorities in North Carolina made a grim discovery as they found the lifeless body of a woman inside a vehicle at a used car dealership. The Lumberton Police Department responded to the scene on April 7 after receiving reports, and they believe the woman may have been there for several weeks. The unfortunate incident took place at McNeill Used Cars on South Chippewa Street. Details are still emerging as the investigation continues, but it's a tragic reminder of the need for vigilance and safety in all settings, reported PEOPLE.
Officers located the woman's body inside the car, upon arriving at McNeill Used Cars per an official press release by the police department. The woman likely died "at least several weeks" ago, the LPD said. She "appeared to have gone to sleep in the car and never woke up," they added, as per PEOPLE.
The release was posted on Facebook on April 10 and it read, "Press Release Body Found. On Friday, April 7, 2023, at around 12:01 p.m. Officers of the Lumberton Police Department were dispatched to 404 South Chippewa Street, which is the business of McNeill Used Cars, to a possible deceased person in a car. Officers arrived and found a female who appeared to be deceased for at least several weeks. The female appeared to have gone to sleep in the car and never woke up."
It further added, "The scene was processed and the body was sent to the North Carolina Medical Examiners Office in Raleigh NC for autopsy and identification."
The LPD also revealed that an autopsy will be conducted on the remains. Authorities are actively conducting an investigation into the untimely death of the woman. According to investigators who spoke to WMBF News, they have gathered evidence from the location where the woman's body was discovered at the car dealership.
First of all, how on earth did it take weeks to find her https://t.co/pzxwre4da8— Lauren McKenzie (@TheMcKenziest) April 14, 2023
They are meticulously piecing together a timeline of events, starting from before her disappearance and leading up to the tragic discovery of her remains. Locklear is approximately 4’11” tall with brown hair, brown eyes, and a slender build. In order to assist with the ongoing investigation, anyone who has information about the woman's death is urged to contact Detective David Williford at 910-671-3845.
As per the reports by Kiro 7, It is unclear how the woman entered the vehicle, and why it took so long for her body to be discovered. More information on the deceased is yet to be revealed by the police.
Missing Woman Found Dead Inside Car at N.C. Dealership Had 'Gone to Sleep' Weeks Ago and 'Never Woke Up' https://t.co/YmUr6cwMpP— People (@people) April 14, 2023
Falling asleep in a car can be dangerous, especially during hot weather. With the windows rolled up, the temperature inside a vehicle can quickly soar to dangerous levels, resulting in heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or even death. The enclosed space traps heat, leading to a rapid increase in body temperature, dehydration, and diminished oxygen levels. The risk is heightened in warmer climates or during the summer months, and vulnerable individuals such as young children, elderly individuals, and those with pre-existing health conditions are particularly susceptible. Incidents like these are a gentle reminder of being a tad bit more careful in our day-to-day lives.
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