New Hanover County deputies yesterday arrested the daughter of a woman found dead in her home months after she died. The discovery of Blanche Roth’s body came after a 911 call to dispatch Tuesday. It’s the anonymous call that finally alerted authorities to the death of 88-year-old Blanche Roth.
Caller: we have an older, elderly lady in the house, who has died and we need her taken to the morgue.
911: and how long ago was it that this happened?
Caller: uh, I don’t know I’m going to say a month.
911: ok, you believe that she passed away a month ago?
Caller: yeah. 911: alright, but she’s still in the house?
Who that caller is, and what prompted him to report the death, have not yet been released, but when New Hanover County deputies arrived at 612 Cherry Laurel Court, they found something they hadn’t expected.
“You wonder what would go through someone’s mind to not report a relative dying. We’re trying to, at this point figure out, there’s got to be more to the story” said sheriff Ed McMahon
Blance Roth’s decaying body was lying in a room. Investigators believe it had been there since the spring. Authorities are now saying five people lived in that home, including Roth’s daughter, Amy Blanche Stewart, and her three children. Stewart is charged with concealing Roth’s death and more charges could follow.
District attorney Ben David said “We’re looking to see whether or not any financial benefit was obtained by failing to notify law enforcement that this woman had passed away several weeks or even months ago”
It’s still unclear to detectives what killed Blanche Roth, and exactly when she died. Detectives are awaiting results of the autopsy to fill in those blanks.
Amy Stewart is out of the New Hanover County jail on bond. She is scheduled to make her first appearance in district court this morning.
New Hanover County deputies yesterday arrested the daughter of a woman found dead in her home months after she died. The discovery of Blanche Roth’s body came after a 911 call to dispatch Tuesday.
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