Police: Daughter could not bear the death of mother, kept her wrapped-up inside home


    Jo Whitney Outland (BVPD)

    Bristol Virginia police say they believe the daughter of a woman who died of natural causes couldn’t deal with it.

    So she covered her up with more than 50 blankets and air fresheners and left her sitting in her living room, possibly since December, and then sat with her sometimes.

    Police were notified Monday when a relative came to visit, couldn’t get in and climbed in a window of the house on Pine Street not far from the Valley Drive, Lee Highway intersection.

    Investigators found the body of 78-year-old Rosemary Outland, a longtime resident of the home.

    Sergeant Steve Crawford says a preliminary autopsy shows no foul play.

    But her daughter, 55-year-old Jo-Whitney Outland has been charged with concealing a dead body. She’s free on bond facing a hearing next week.

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