(Lockport, NY) The daughter of murder victim, Carol Ann Rhim, tells Eyewitness News that she believes her mother may have been trapped in a dangerous relationship, unsure how to escape.
Kiara Rhim, just returned from the crime scene in Institute, West Virginia.
"She didn't have to be trapped. I would've dropped everything, right then and there, to help her. She didn't deserve this."
Kanawha County Sheriff's in West Virginia, believe Carol Ann Rhim's boyfriend, 54-year old Nathaniel Roy Lawton, murdered Rhim then cut up her body with a hacksaw.
A female witness claims she was forced to watch the dismemberment, then escaped two days later to warn police.
"She knows more, and did more, than she is saying she did, because there is no way my mom would just let him do that," sobs the victim's daughter, Kiara Rhim.
The unidentified witness told a WCHS television reporter that she was so afraid for her own life, that she was not able to contact police sooner.
Nathaniel Lawton killed himself as police were executing a search warrant at this property.
Investigators found Carol Rhim's head and hands in the trunk of Lawton's car.
Since then, law enforcement has searched 40 miles of roadway, looking for a black plastic bag, that the female witness claims, was dumped containing the rest of Rhim's body.
The search in Ohio is now officially postponed, but officials say they are still looking at leads in the West Virginia area.
"I don't want people to remember her as that lady from West Virginia that got cut up . . . I want them to remember her as my mom," said a distraught and tearful Kiara Rhim.