Atmore Woman Charged With Murder Months After Her Sister’s Decomposed Body Was Found

August 11, 2020

The Atmore Police Department has charged a local woman after the decomposed body of her sister was found inside a mobile home back in March.

Josephine Gaines, 34, was taken into custody after a traffic stop and escaping officers. She is charged with murder and escape third degree.

On Sunday, Atmore Police officers conducted a traffic stop on South Main Street and identified a passenger in the vehicle as Gaines, who had outstanding murder warrant. She was taken to the Atmore City Jail but fled on foot from the officer that was escorting her inside the building. She was taken back into custody after a short foot chase.

About 10:20 p.m. on March 26, the Atmore Police Department responded to 71 Jones Street after receiving a call about a burglary in progress call at the home. Officers surrounded the residence and then observed that it had been forcibly entered.

“Officers entered the home and began doing a room by room search for any violators,” Atmore Police Chief Brooks said. “Officers then discovered in one of the bedrooms a badly decomposing body believed to be a female.”

Using dental records, the victim was later identified by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences as Vandoren Daily.

Atmore Police investigators learned during the investigation the victim was left alone in the home for several months by Gaines and was unable to care for herself, Brooks said. Investigators found documents that indicated Gaines was responsible for her sister’s care


5 Responses to “Atmore Woman Charged With Murder Months After Her Sister’s Decomposed Body Was Found”

  1. point on August 17th, 2020 1:23 pm

    if justice was justice – just put her in a room & don’t care for her! that takes care of that!
    it won’t be decades

  2. So sad on August 11th, 2020 2:44 pm

    This is so irresponsible on her part. If her sister wasn’t able to take care of herself and there was no one else that could help her couldn’t she look to see if there were any state programs that could assist. Perhaps she could have become a ward of the state depending on the condition of her sister.

  3. TaxPayer on August 11th, 2020 1:05 pm

    Great. The caregiver didn’t care. Now the taxpayer gets to be her caregiver for decades.

  4. stephen on August 11th, 2020 12:41 pm

    Was no one else responsible for checking in the sister seeing as she couldn’t care for herself?

  5. JustSaying on August 11th, 2020 8:39 am

    Where there not any other family members? Neighbors? Nobody wants to get involved anymore? We have got to help each other around here, we are not Chicago, yet!!!