Man accused of killing mom, keeping body in motel for weeks

Charles R. Cole, 48. Image AP

PLEASANT VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) – A New York man has been accused of strangling his mother, stashing her body in a motel room for nearly two months and then dumping it in South Carolina.

New York state police arrested 48-year-old Charles R. Cole on Friday.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports police say Cole strangled his 76-year-old mother, Betty Cole, on Aug. 16 at the Pleasant Valley Motel.

Police say Charles Cole lived in Pleasant Valley and kept his mother’s body in the motel for seven weeks. They say he then drove it to Lodge, South Carolina, and left it in a secluded area.

Cole has been arraigned on a murder charge and jailed without bail. His wife, Ronalda Cole, faces a charge of tampering with evidence.

They can’t be reached for comment by telephone. Information on their attorneys is unavailable. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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