COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — A 63-year-old worker died in a public bathroom at a South Carolina department store, but her body was not found for four days, authorities said.
Bessie Durham, a janitor at the Belk at Columbiana Center, was found dead Monday in a toilet stall, Columbia police said. Her cleaning cart was parked outside the restroom.
Durham was last seen at work Thursday and her body was found shortly after her family filed a missing person report, Columbia Police Deputy Chief Melron Kelly told WIS-TV.
The Lexington County Coroner’s Office said there was no indication that anyone killed Durham or that she was using drugs. An autopsy is planned to determine her cause of death.
The store was open regularly during those four days, and Kelly said police are investigating whether anyone was negligent.
“We’re still working with the store to figure out what their process is for closing the store, checking the store, things like that,” Kelly said.
Belk did not respond to an email seeking comment.