(WCSC) - On October 6, New York State Police were dispatched to check the welfare of 76-year-old Betty Cole, after family was unable to make contact with her. Ms. Cole was last known to be living at the Pleasant Valley Motel located in Pleasant Valley, NY.
A New York State Police investigation, with assistance from the Colleton County Sheriff's Department, led to the recovery on October 17 of Ms. Cole's remains in the Town of Lodge in a secluded wooded area, close to Interstate 95.
The investigation determined Betty Cole was strangled by her 48-year-old son Charles R. Cole on August 16 at the Pleasant Valley Motel where Charles Cole resided with his mother Betty Cole and his 40-year-old wife Ronalda E. Cole.
Charles and Ronalda then kept the body in their motel room for the next 7 weeks until travelling to South Carolina where the remains were dumped in a wooded area.
Ronalda Cole was arrested on October 18 and charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence for assisting her husband with transporting and disposing of Betty Cole's body. Charles Cole was located yesterday at a homeless service provider in Poughkeepsie, NY and arrested & charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree.
"I find it hard to imagine circumstances that could lead to a son strangling his mother, but to also live with her body in a motel room for 7 weeks and to then travel several states away to dump her body like trash, makes this a particularly disturbing and unusual case." Stated Captain John J. Ryan of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.