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Woman Accused Of Leaving Dead Friend’s Body Under Christmas Presents

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Mug shot of Patty White. (credit: York County Police)

Mug shot of Patty White. (credit: York County Police)

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YORK, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Police say a York County woman admitted to killing a 67-year-old family friend in Florida and leaving the woman’s body underneath a pile of Christmas presents in her own home.

Patty White, 40, has been arrested for allegedly killing 67-year-old Michele O’Dowd in her Jacksonville home Friday. Jacksonville police indicated to CBS Charlotte that while no charges have been filed to this point, the case against White will be a homicide case.

Jacksonville police said White stole two of O’Dowd’s charge cards following her death, attempting to take money out of her account from at least two area ATMs. Police added that O’Dowd let White, a family friend, stay with her when she fell on difficult times.

WTEV reports that O’Dowd’s body was discovered by her twin brother that same day.

“There is nothing worse than when you walk inside and find your own sister brutally murdered over a stupid debit card,” the brother told WTEV.

On Saturday, York police pulled over a car driven by White’s mother that White was riding in. When White interviewed with detectives, White confessed to murdering O’Dowd, according to a police report and a release.

York Police Chief Andy Robinson told CBS Charlotte that it is unlikely White will fight extradition back to Florida, where she will be charged. Robinson said that White should be heading to Florida sometime this week.

White is currently being held at the York County Detention Center.

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