LEAGUE CITY, Texas Police were preparing to search a League City home again Friday, just 24 hours after an elderly woman s body was found buried in a shallow grave in her backyard.
The body was found in the 3100 block of Sand Reef Thursday, after police performed a welfare check on the 80-year-old homeowner at the request of her bank.
Her son, John Scott Timler, was being held in the Galveston County Jail Friday on $102,000 bond, charged with abuse of a corpse and forgery in connection with the case.
Though he has not been charged with killing his mother, sources said his story about how she died did not match with her autopsy results.
So investigators said they were going back to the home, to search for additional evidence.
Authorities were alerted to the situation after employees at Timler s mother s bank became concerned about her account activity.
League City police originally went to the home Wednesday for a welfare check, but a patrol officer felt like they needed to do a follow-up visit Thursday.
When they arrived at the home, they asked Timler, 54, if they could investigate the property, and he agreed. That s when they found freshly turned dirt in the backyard.
Officers, with the help of the Galveston County Crime Scene Unit, spent the day digging around the yard and eventually found Timler s mother s body, wrapped in two air mattresses, investigators said.
Investigators have not said how or when the woman died, but they believe Timler had been forging his mother s checks for months.
Neighbors told KHOU 11 News they noticed that the front yard of the home which Timler s mother took great pride in caring for had gone neglected in the past few months. They said Timler told them different stories about where his mother was.
My husband said Scott had told him that she was in Michigan visiting relatives, one neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said.
We thought she had just gotten sick from age, neighbor Freddie McLemore said. [They were] quiet people, mom did the yard every week for 11 years. That s what my wife said, maybe she s sick, because the yard hasn t been done for months.
She was a schoolteacher and a friend of hers had stopped by about a week ago and asked me if I had seen her and I told her no, said Dale Fraga. I told her, her son told me he put her in a rest home, and so I didn t think nothing of that.
Still, neighbors said they were surprised to learn about the accusations against Timler, and what might have happened to their elderly neighbor.
It would surprise me, Scott being in the physical condition that he s in and her being in the physical condition she was in ... I just couldn t see anything being amiss, one neighbor said.
You don t know who lives next to you, that s for sure. It s mind boggling, said McLemore.