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Mortician mum after leaving corpse in hearse to rot

76-year-old Harold Watson Sr. was charged Tuesday with abusing a corpse. 76-year-old Harold Watson Sr. was charged Tuesday with abusing a corpse.

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - The owner of an Alabama funeral home says he can't talk about his arrest for allegedly leaving a woman's body to rot in the back of a hearse for weeks.

Contacted Thursday by The Associated Press at his funeral home in Gadsden, 76-year-old Harold Watson Sr. said he has been advised by his lawyer not to discuss the case.

Police charged Watson with a felony count of corpse abuse this week after he allegedly left the body of a woman in the back of a hearse.

The woman died in 2007, and police say Watson finally got rid of the body because her family didn't pay and he could not get in touch with them.

Police said they were alerted by someone who smelled the decaying corpse.

Gadsden police say they are trying to reach the family of the dead woman, identified as 52-year-old Edna Kathleen Woods.

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