Rocky M. Ashford

Rocky Ashford

The body of a woman found inside a laundry cart on East Holly Street Monday has been identified, and police arrested a 62-year-old man just hours after the discovery.

By Tuesday, murder charges were filed against the suspect.

Rocky Marciana Ashford, of Goldsboro, was first arrested by Goldsboro police without incident at 204 S. Center St. and charged with concealment, failure to report and secretly disposing of a body, officers said.

Police reported Tuesday that the woman found inside the laundry container about 11:15 a.m. Monday along the 400 block of East Holly Street, was later identified by police as 59-year-old Contrena Wooten of Goldsboro.

Police jailed Ashford in the Wayne County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Ashford, still in custody, was served with a warrant for his arrest Tuesday night and was charged with an open count of murder in the case. Authorities did not set a bond on the murder charge.

Police have not said if Ashford and Wooten knew each other and have not disclosed how Wooten died.

When the body was found on the north side of Holly Street Monday, people gathered in the area saying they had no idea what had happened.

An autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner to determine the cause of death, officers said. The incident remains under investigation, and the State Bureau of Investigation is assisting Goldsboro police in the case.

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