Woman found dead after husband requests well-being check, officers say

Police say husband's SUV was stopped on train tracks

By Anna Johnson - Digital Journalist

SANFORD, Fla. - A woman's body was found in a Sanford home after her husband asked for a well-being check, according to officials from the Sanford Police Department.

Police identified the woman as 82-year-old Alice Watson. Sanford Police spokesman Ronny Neal said the the department is conducting a homicide investigation in which her husband, Elue McDonald Watson, is a person of interest.

"We're looking into the situation. We're looking into the elements surrounding that," Neal said.

A news release said Lake Mary Police found a silver SUV on the railroad tracks at Country Club Road and Lake Mary Boulevard Friday night. Neal said the driver of the SUV was outside the vehicle, wandering around the area. 

Neal said the man, Elue McDonald Watson, told police that they should conduct a well-being check on his wife, who lives about three miles from the tracks on the 100 block of Sycamore Court in Sanford.

Officials said SPD officers went to the Sanford home Saturday and found Alice Watson, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Monica Crane has lived in the neighborhood for almost 30 years. She was shocked to hear about what happened.

"I've lived in this neighborhood for a long time and I've never really had any issues," Crane said. "I haven't had any problems really with neighbors or with crime."

Crane said she was awake until 2 a.m. Saturday and did not hear anything unusual.

Police have not determined a cause of death. Police said Elue McDonald Watson was taken to the hospital for an unrelated medical condition.

Officials are asking anyone with any information to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6/ClickOrlando for updates.

 

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