The 64-year-old husband of a woman found dead in her home was in Henry County Magistrate Court, Thursday, charged with concealing her death.
Locust Grove Police arrested Lee Clyde Kelsey, Wednesday, after conducting what police call a “ welfare check” regarding his wife, Betty Janie Kelsey. He was formally charged with concealing the death of another person.
Concerned neighbors called police to report they had not seen the 57-year-old mentally challenged woman for a week, according to Locust Grove Detective David Donehoo. Police also had an “active” warrant for Janie Kelsey’s arrest for failure to appear in city court on a disorderly conduct charge.
Donehoo said when police arrived at 226 Boulder Lane in Locust Grove, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Lee Kelsey was sitting on the porch of the mobile home allegedly intoxicated.
“I asked Mr. Kelsey if Janie was home and he replied, ‘She is in the bedroom,’” said Locust Grove Officer D. Shoemaker, in his police report. Shoemaker and Officer Reinhardt entered the bedroom, where he “noticed a foot sticking out from behind the bed next to the front wall,” according to the police report. “The foot had decomposition ... I then looked at the front of the bed and noticed the lifeless body of Ms. Kelsey.”
Detective Donehoo said police believe the decomposed body was in the mobile home for approximately five days. The officers returned to Mr. Kelsey and informed him his wife was dead. “He started to cry. I advised him to stand up and come with me, but he could not, he was intoxicated,” Shoemaker reported. “He had to slide down the front porch steps on his butt, due to the fact that he could not walk down them.”
Detective Donehoo said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) medical examiner conducted an autopsy Thursday, and the findings were inconclusive. The GBI is scheduled to conduct a toxicology examination to determine the cause of death. The death investigation is ongoing, said Donehoo.
Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Robert Godwin set Kelsey’s bond at $5,000. The case has been reset for Nov. 17.