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Goldsboro police ID woman whose body was found in container on street; man arrested

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) - One man is in jail after a woman's body was found in a container on the side of a street in Goldsboro on Monday morning, police said.

The body was found inside of a container on the north side of the 400 block of East Holly Street around 11:15 a.m. A news release identified the woman as Contrena Wooten, 59, of Goldsboro. 

Police closed the road for nearly six hours Monday while they investigated. They also taped off the back side of the Salvation Army’s store near the site where the body was discovered.

A captain at the Salvation Army said an incident happened Monday morning behind the store but was unsure what exactly happened. She confirmed the cart containing the body came from the Salvation Army’s property. She also said the organization made available surveillance video taken from a camera on the back side of the building.

Several neighbors who spoke to CBS 17 said they did not see or hear anything suspicious Sunday night or Monday morning until police knocked on their doors to ask them questions.

“I was just like, what’s going on? What’s happening again? I mean, goodness gracious. Because this is normally a pretty quiet neighborhood,” said James Middleton, who lives in the Woodcrest Terrace neighborhood.

Police arrested Rocky Ashford, 62, of Goldsboro, in connection with the discovery of Wooten's body.

Ashford is charged with murder, concealment, failure to report, and secretly disposing of a body. He is being held under no bond.


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