Pet duck helped to solve murder by leading police to missing body

Nellie Sullivan went missing back in December 2020 at the age of 91

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A pet duck has miraculously helped solve a murder by leading police to the body of a missing woman.

Nellie Sullivan went missing back in December 2020 at the age of 91.

Officers had been searching for the missing woman in vain, before returning to the house of suspects, Ms Sullivan’s granddaughter Angela Wamsley and her partner Mark Barnes.

A duck has been hailed a hero for solving a murder case
A duck has been hailed a hero for solving a murder case
Angela Wamsley has been charged with first degree murder
Angela Wamsley has been charged with first degree murder

Mark Walker of the Buncombe County’s Sherriff’s Office said: “Mark actually sent us on a wild goose chase which resulted in us digging for several days in a site that he knew she was not located at.”

But while continuing their search, officers spotted a pet duck, which they began to chase, before running into a container where Ms Sullivan was found.

Mr Walker added: “The duck ran underneath the trailer and as they were chasing after their pet duck, they ran across the container that Nellie Sullivan was located in.

“If I could give that duck a medal, I would.”

“Instead of receiving the care she needed from those that are supposed to love her the most, she received the exact opposite in the worst possible way.”

Ms Wamsley, 46, and Mr Barnes, 50, have since both been charged with first degree murder.

The remains of Ms Sullivan's body have been sent off to be examined in order to determine the cause of her death.