Autopsy: mother's body left to decompose in apartment for possibly more than a year

Posted at 5:07 PM, Oct 27, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The autopsy of a woman's body was found in a Nashville apartment shows that it is possible she died more than a year ago.

Read More: Four found living in apartment along with their mother's decomposing body

Deputies were sent to the apartment of Laronda Jolly at RiverChase Apartments on Joseph Avenue to serve an eviction notice. Instead, they found her body in the apartment decomposing under a pile of clothes.

She lived in the apartment with her four adult children, all of which police say are intellectually disabled, who continued to live there with their mother's body.

Dr. Feng Li's autopsy report shows there was no obvious sign of trauma or evidence of foul play. Li says there simply is very little left of the remains to test for toxicology and the exact cause of death will likely be impossible to determine.

Dr. Li says she is reviewing Jolly’s medical history to determine if she might have died from some type of health condition. Jolly's children told police she suffered from seizures. One told officers she could have been dead for about two years.

Tennessee Adult Protective Services is now involved with the four adult children.

This is an ongoing investigation. No criminal charges have been filed.