Sun Times Editor
The body of a 60-year-old Lake Arthur woman who was reported missing in mid-October was found buried in a shallow grave in a box in Cleveland, Texas yesterday, according to case investigators.
Police found the body of Dorothy Hey around midnight this past Sunday, October 19th near a San Jacinto County residence. Police have not yet said how Hey died and an autopsy was pending as of press time.
One of the missing woman’s daughters, 36-year-old Roseann Duhon Klumpp of Lake Arthur, faces one count of second degree murder and additional charges are said to be pending.
Klumpp was reportedly arrested in Cleveland late Saturday, October 18th, and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail in Jennings, La. where she was being held without bail.
The box containing Hey was allegedly found behind the residence of another of Hey’s daughters, Betty Fulton, on Trails End Road in Cleveland.
Fulton allegedly has admitted that she was involved in the transportation of Hey’s body to the burial site.
Charges against Fulton, her husband, Robert, and Gordon Hall, a friend, are said to be pending.
Hey, who was initially reported as missing on Wednesday, October 15th, was last seen alive on Tuesday, October 14th around 11:00 a.m.
The break in the case allegedly came after detectives with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office in Jennings were told that a text message was received from Hey’s phone on Thursday. They began subpoenaing cell phone records and entered Hey in the National Criminal Information Center computer as a Missing Person.
With the assistance of the Lake Arthur Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish detectives developed information that Hey was dead and her body transported out of state by Klumpp.
The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office was then contacted and was instrumental in contacting and assisting a search warrant for the Fulton residence near Cleveland.
Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ricky Edwards has stated to area media outlets that the FBI’s Evidence Recovery Team processed that area and recovered Hey’s body at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday evening in the padlocked, buried box.
More charges in this case may be forthcoming, as investigators continue to gather information about the situation. Also, leading the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office is Investigator Lacy Rogers.
Further updates will be provided in next week’s Lake Arthur Sun Times.