Crime & Courts

Autopsy: 89-year-old died of gunshot wound

An 89-year-old woman killed late last year died of a gunshot wound to the head and was left in the home for a long period of time, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Observer.

Imogene Yongue was found dead in December at a single-story home in the 6100 block of Vernedale Road, off Sharon Amity Road, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. They responded after receiving a call about the woman’s welfare, police said.

The woman’s 56-year-old son, William Henry Yongue, was at the home, police said. After questioning him for several hours, detectives charged the man with first-degree murder.

The autopsy says Yongue was found in the basement of the home she shared with her son, covered by a tarp. The autospy does not indicate how long her body had been there, but the report says there are signs that it began to decompose.

Imogene “Jean” Yongue was a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta and a longtime educator. She and her husband, the late William Henry Yongue Jr., earned doctorate degrees from Virginia Tech. They were asked by Duke University officials to be a part of “Behind the Veil,” a series of interviews in the 1990s with African-Americans about the era of Jim Crow laws, which brought about racial segregation until the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the mid 1960s.

Imogene Yongue also was a supporter of Johnson C. Smith University and a member of the school’s Myers Society donors.

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