A routine eviction in Nashville, TN ended up being more than just the normal serve and surrender last week. Nashville police were called to a unit at the River Chase apartments to serve an eviction notice but, instead of an emptied apartment, they found something much worse.
Officers at the apartment complex on Joseph Avenue in East Nashville called the 9-1-1- dispatch center to report that they had discovered a dead body. The call went like this:
DISPATCHER: “Are you able to tell [an] age or gender?”
CALLER: “I’m gonna be honest with you, it’s covered up on the bed… who is this upstairs? That’s your mother? How long has she been deceased? Years? You don’t know how long she’s been deceased.”
The body was identified by investigators as 56-year-old Laronda Jolly. Metro police said her four, intellectually disabled adult children continued living in the apartment after her death, as her body remained in the bed.
CALLER: “So evidently she’s been dead a long time up there. They’ve just got clothes and stuff piled up on top of her.”
DISPATCHER: “Somebody piled clothes on top of her?”
CALLER: “Yeah, they say she’s been deceased for some years up here in this bed.”
According to police they believe that Ms. Jolly had been deceased for at least two years. They do not expect foul play.
Her brother, Anthony Jolly, told News 2 that his sister had been deceased for even longer.
“There was nothing left but bones, it was just a skeleton,” said Jolly. “I called my niece, and I asked her how long had my sister been deceased and when she said since early 2017 – I was shocked.”
Mr. Jolly says that he would call periodically to check in with his sister but his nieces and nephews would always say that she was "out or she was busy". Finally, becoming fed up with them, he called authorities to do a wellness check in August of this year. Police did go to Jolly's apartment but were unable to make contact with her, now we all know why.
“She was on a bed, they piled clothes on top of her body and they stayed in the apartment with their decaying mother,” the brother said. “They knew better, but they were going by what their mother said, they were obeying their mother’s wishes – just let her lay there, no matter what. Don’t call anybody, and that’s what they done.”
Jolly's children are being helped by a local ministry with housing and basic necessities. There are no charges expected to be filed in this case.