Cops Say Roseville Woman Murdered Mom, Stored Body In Plastic Tote

Carol Rey is charged with first degree murder

WWJ News
January 17, 2020 - 5:02 pm
Carol Rey

Carol Rey (Photo: Roseville Police Department)

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ROSEVILLE (WWJ) - A Roseville woman accused of murdering her own mother is facing murder, weapons and larceny charges.  

Carol Rey, 50, was arraigned Friday on charges of first degree murder, larceny - $20,000 or more, and felony firearm.

She was ordered held without bond, according to Roseville police.

Police arrested Rey on Tuesday after finding her 69-year old mother dead in their home on Congress Street, in the area of 12 Mile Road and I-94.

Police said Rey was evasive when asked questions about her mother during a welfare check. A search warrant was obtained so officers could got into the house, and that's when they found the body.

Investigators said the mother, whose name has not yet been released, was shot in the head inside the house in November. Her body was then stored in a plastic tote in the garage, police said. 

After the killing, police said Rey appears to have used the victim’s phone to text messages to other family members posing as the victim — to make it appear as if she were still alive. 

Police added that a clear motive for the murder is not yet known, as the investigation continues. There were financial transactions that took place, police said, but detectives are still looking into those.

A 34-year-old man, described as apparent acquaintance of Rey, was questioned by police and released. 

Rey faces life in prison if convicted as charged.