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Woman's body found buried in backyard in Jim Thorpe

Police were called to a home on South Street on Wednesday for a welfare check on a resident.

JIM THORPE, Pa. — Police are looking for answers after a woman's body was found buried in a backyard in Carbon County.

On Monday, police were called to a home on South Street in Jim Thorpe for a welfare check on Laura Spencer.

According to investigators, homeowner Peter Davis refused to cooperate, and after further investigation, they learned that Spencer had died.

Officers got a search warrant to enter the home. That's when they say Davis grabbed an officer. He was taken into custody for assault.

From Jermone Kapun's back deck on South Street, you can see into all of his neighbors' backyards and that becomes uncomfortable when police were in one neighbor's yard.

"You can't be sure anywhere nowadays," Kapun said. "It's a tough world."

Neighbors tell Newswatch 16 they saw police officers digging in this backyard for just over an hour and 30 minutes. That's when they saw something unsettling.

"I saw a few of the officers; they were digging. Anybody knows what's going on in a situation like that. We're not dumb. It was what you would expect from a situation like that."

It's a situation Kapun can't seem to talk about after seeing the body of an unidentified woman get pulled out of a hole in his neighbor's backyard.

"These are the last people I would have ever seen something happening from. I mean, it's a shock, but let's be honest, it's 2021. Anything can happen."

Another neighbor says she lived on the block for 40 years and has never seen anything like this.

"It's a quiet, quiet neighborhood ... You know your neighbors and that but, I know they moved in not too long ago down there. Just a very quiet neighborhood; you would never expect anything like going on here on these several blocks."

Davis is charged with simple assault along with other charges. He's locked up at Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Police are still investigating how the woman died.