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Autopsy of Allisha Watts lists cause of death as 'undetermined'

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The cause of death for 39-year-old Allisha Watts, the Moore County woman who went missing last summer and whose body was eventually found in Montgomery County, is still unknown.

In Watts’ autopsy report, released by the North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner’s office on Wednesday, lists her cause of death as “undetermined.”

“Given the scene findings, autopsy findings, and toxicological findings, as well as the impossibility of ruling out other competing causes of death because of skeletonization, the cause and manner of death in this case are best left as undetermined,” the report summary says.

The report details how Watts’ “severely decomposed” body made it hard to determine how Watts died. Her remains were identified through dental records, the autopsy said.

Watts, who lived in Southern Pines, was last seen alive on July 16 in Charlotte. Her family reported her missing on July 19, a day after her vehicle was found abandoned in Anson County with an “unresponsive” man inside.

That man was later determined to be Watts’ boyfriend, James Dunmore.

Watts’ remains were found in a forest near Adams Circle in Candor in Montgomery County on Aug. 24, according to the autopsy report. Dunmore was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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