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NC woman's body left in hearse 9 days

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GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) - Police and the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service are investigating why a Carrboro woman's body was left in a hearse for nine days.

Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that police found the body of Linda Walton last week after they were asked to investigate a foul odor in Graham. Police found her body in a hearse parked under a tree.

The 37-year-old Walton died in early August in her apartment in Carrboro and her corpse was picked up by David B. Lawson Mortuary.

Police had called Lawson after failing to find Walton's next of kin. Lawson has been a licensed funeral director for more than 30 years and is part of a rotation of funeral homes used by police. He would not talk about the case early Wednesday.

The funeral service's disciplinary committee meets next week to discuss the complaint.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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