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Woman arrested in concealment of mother's death

Marcella Lee
Marcella Lee

DIXON – A North Carolina woman awaits extradition after turning herself in to Dixon Police on Sunday on a warrant for concealing her mother’s body in a freezer in 2016.

Marcella Jean Lee, 59, who was wanted on a North Carolina Department of Public Safety warrant for violating her parole after her June 2017 convictions on obtaining property by false pretense and concealment of death, turned herself in at 12:13 p.m., according to Dixon police. She remained Monday at Lee County Jail.

Lee was arrested in September 2016 in New Hanover County, North Carolina, for concealing or failing to report the death of her mother, Arma Ann Roush, who was last seen alive in August 2015. The women lived together at a home in Goldsboro, according to ABC-11 in Durham, North Carolina.

A neighbor bought a freezer from Lee for $30 at a yard sale and found Roush’s body inside.

Goldsboro, North Carolina, Police Capt. LeAnn Rabun said by phone Monday that Roush died of natural causes.

Lee pleaded guilty, and received 6 to 17 months in prison for the obtaining property charge, receiving credit for 264 days served. She also pleaded guilty to concealment of death, receiving another 6 to 17 months, but that sentence was supervised. Lee also was sentenced to 36 months of supervised probation.

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