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Co-workers, neighbors discuss mother found buried behind Augusta home

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 7:23 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - We’re diving deeper into the case of an Augusta woman accused of burying her mother in her own backyard.

Melissa Lockhart, 43, is charged with concealing a death after deputies found the body of her mom, 67-year-old Miriam Lockhart, buried in the backyard of a home off Tobacco Road. Today we spent the day talking to co-workers and neighbors about the situation.

This whole situation has the entire community asking a lot of questions but to those who knew Miriam Lockhart, they say they want her to be remembered as more than a woman who was buried at her home.

Miriam Lockhart was a real estate agent. Real estate is a people business.

“If you don’t have that personality, the ability to like people and you’ve got change your personality to match theirs they’re not going to like you and they’re not going to trust you. Which means you’ve got to have those two traits to be successful in real estate,” said Jeff Keller, a former employer of Lockhart.

He says Miriam Lockart or Lynn as her friends called her had what it took.

“She worked for me for about two or three years, and she was a good agent. A good personality,” he said.

She was found in a shallow grave in her backyard on June 3. Her 43-year-old daughter Melissa told deputies she found her dead in her bed two or three days earlier and buried her because she didn’t want anyone to “Cut on her” during an autopsy. Jeff Keller says the reason Lynn stopped working for him was because of her declining health.

“We hated to lose her as a full-time, and she went to part-time agent until she decided she just couldn’t do it any longer,” he said.

Even still he says this news came as a surprise to everyone.

“I didn’t realize that she was in any kind of position to be that close to her demise,” he said.

Miriam’s autopsy was scheduled for today and we’re told we should have some more answers about what exactly happened tomorrow.

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