Police had charged a couple for concealing a death back in December 2020. For years, investigators in Candler, North Carolina, wondered what had happened to 92-year-old Nellie Lucille Sullivan, who they suspected had been killed by her granddaughter and her husband. But for all their investigation, it took a pet duck to find her body.

The waterfowl in question found Sullivan’s remains after it darted beneath the porch of a trailer at 11 Beady Eyed Lane on April 14, 2022, where Sullivan’s granddaughter Angela Lucille Wamsley and her husband Mark Alan Barnes had once lived. The trailer’s new residents — and the duck’s caretakers — chased their pet and found Sullivan’s remains.