On June 3, police responded to a call reporting a suspicious situation. Upon arriving at Melissa’s home, police encountered Melissa injured inside her home.
After being rushed to the hospital for a broken knee, police noticed “a newly dug grave” in her backyard. Underneath, police discovered the body of Melissa’s mother, Miriam Lynn Lockhart, 67.
According to the People News, Melissa buried her mother after finding her dead on May 31 or June 1. Melissa wanted to avoid her mother being taken away from her or cut open during an autopsy.
At the moment, police are unclear how Miriam died. However, an autopsy is being conducted to disclose the cause of death.
Melissa was charged with concealing her mother’s death and remains in police custody.