Following the disturbing discovery that a Tennessee woman's dead and decomposing body has been lying in her apartment for about two years, investigations into what transpired have already begun.
The discovery was made as a Davidson County deputy was serving an eviction notice at her home in Nashville. When the county deputy found the body of the woman, Laronda Jolly, the deputy immediately called 911.
Jolly's body was found on a bed under a pile of clothes.
She was 56 years old, and she lived with her four adult children. But all her kids are intellectually and developmentally challenged.
According to one of her kids, Jolly died about two years ago.
The Death Might Have Happened Much Earlier
However, the woman might have died much earlier than the children said she did. This claim was made by Jolly's brother:
There was nothing left but bones, it was just a skeleton. I called my niece and I asked her how long my sister been deceased and when she said since early 2017 – I was shocked.
But how come the brother did not know something was wrong much sooner?
He admits that he and his sister were not close, although he would call occasionally to see how she was doing.
However, over the past few years, whenever he called, his nieces and nephews claimed that his sister was not at home.
But at some point, he started to get worried. For instance, in August, he requested a wellness check.
Unfortunately, officers couldn't make contact with his sister.
He admits that he was not aware that his sister had any medical conditions, although police claimed that Jolly suffered from seizures.
The brother said that his nieces and nephews were simply doing what their mother requested by letting her body lie there:
They knew better, but they were going by what their mother said, they were obeying their mother's wishes – just let her lay there, no matter what.
Don't call anybody, and that's what they done.
After the body was discovered, it was taken away. But after an autopsy, no signs of foul play were discovered.
Nevertheless, the officials said they might not be in a position to understand Jolly's true cause of death given the state her body was in when they first discovered it.
At the moment, plans are underway by the Nashville Inner City Ministry to find housing for the woman's four adult children.