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Two daughters charged in mother’s death
San Jacinto News- Times - October 2008
COLDSPRING – Two daughters face charges in connection with the death of their mother and bringing her body to San Jacinto County where she was buried in a box, according to Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Ricky Edwards, Louisiana. Roseann Klumpp, 36, resided with her mother, Dorothy Mae Hey, 61, in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, until she was charged Saturday with second degree murder in her mother’s homicide. A Louisiana judge set her bond at $600,000. Also charged in connection with Hey’s death is Klumpp’s sister, Betty Fulton, a resident of 100 Trails End Subdivision located in southern San Jacinto County, Robert Klumpp and Gordon Hall. The Fulton’s and Hall have all been charged with tampering with evidence. More charges are pending against Betty, according to Sheriff Edwards.
“Our district attorney is contemplating more charges against Betty in Louisiana, depending on the outcome of the autopsy report,” Edwards said. Edwards declined to comment on how Hey was killed or exactly how long she has been dead until the autopsy report is fi nalized. Her body was sent to Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Conroe where an autopsy was started Monday morning, according to Edwards. “Hey was last seen alive Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Louisiana. The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department, San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney Bill Burnett, FBI, Texas Ranger Ron Duff and two deputies from Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Department, Jason Chretien and Derrick Miller, went to Fulton’s house in Trail’s End Subdivision Saturday investigating evidence leading them to Hey’s body which was found buried in a box about 250 feet behind Fulton’s home. “Klumpp put her mother’s body in a box and stored it in a storage facility in Louisiana until she contacted her sister (Betty Fulton) in Texas around Thursday. Betty came to Louisiana and they transported the body to Betty’s house where they buried her,” Edwards said.
After obtaining search warrants, offi cers started a search for Hey’s body, which was recovered around 11:45 p.m. Saturday in a buried, padlocked box. Hey was reported missing from her Jefferson Davis Parish home on Oct. 15, when an investigation started on her disappearance. According to Edwards, a text message was received from Hey’s cell phone saying that she needed a little more time to sort things out before she could return home. “This was a bit unusual,” Hey said, “so we started tracking down cell phone records.”
Sheriff’s detectives, along with the Lake Arthur Police Department were able to determine that Hey had been killed and that her body had been transported out-of-state. Sheriff Edwards praised the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Lacy Rogers and others for their professionalism and assistance in the case. “They all did a fantastic job,” Edwards said.