Who is Geanee Pike? Arkansas woman lived with mom's dead body and depleted her bank account
Pike wrapped her mother's body in newspaper and kept it in the living/kitchen area and slept in the room next to it, in the house without running water
LINCOLN, ARKANSAS: A woman who had left her mother's body in a house for months and cleared her bank account of all the money was arrested on August 2. Gloria Pike had died in August 2020 and her daughter wrapped the body up in newspapers and placed it in the kitchen/living area while she slept in the room next to it. Following the arrest, it was discovered, Gloria's daughter didn't give her a burial to keep collecting and spending her mother's Social Security benefits.
As bizarre as it sounds, this is not the first of its kind case where abuse of a dead body is involved. A North Carolina woman kept the body of her 93-year-old woman at home for four months because she wanted to see the various stages of death and human decay. The 69-year-old woman named Donna Sue Hudgins was charged with felony concealment of death regarding the incident. In another incident, Valerie Jones, 57, had lived with the corpse of her mother for three years after "embalming" it with road gritting salt. When police arrived at the house for a welfare check, they discovered the body of Gaynor Jones in the "uninhabitable" home.
Who is Geanee Pike?
54-year-old Geanee Pike of 11940 Nicewarner Road was taken into police custody and charged with abuse of a corpse and committing financial identity fraud. She is being held in the Washington County Detention Center with no bond set. According to the preliminary report from the Sheriff's Office, Gloria Pike, 72, was reported missing on July 21 by her brother, George Maness. He told authorities that her sister was not to be seen since August 2020. Gloria had Stage 4 breast cancer and she had been living with her daughter and Sergeant Autumn Holland showed up at Pike's home to investigate.
Pike said her mother was not missing but at the home of "an unknown friend at an unknown location," the report said. Holland had asked for permission to search her house but Pike didn't consent. She also admitted to not having access to Gloria's bank account or her check card. Gloria's bank records were subpoenaed during the investigation by Holland who found a transaction on July 27 at the Dollar General Store in Lincoln. Pike was seen using the check card, according to security cameras.
A search warrant was obtained for Pike's Nicewarner Road residence and during the search, investigating authorities found Gloria's body on a bed in the kitchen/living area, right next to Pike's room. Also found in the house were jugs and buckets full of human feces and urine. The house had no running water, the officers noted. Pike agreed to talk to Holland during the search and revealed her mother died of natural causes but she didn't hold a funeral or inform anyone. Pike said her mother owed her money which she had promised to pay back through her monthly Social Security disability checks. She also admitted continuing to use her mother's bank account after her death.