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Investigators believe Lacey Ammons Kirkpatrick died Tuesday; cause of death not yet known Woman’s body found behind Telogia home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

TELOGIA - Investigators are trying to determine what caused the death of a woman who was found face down in a wooded area behind a Telogia home shortly before noon Friday.

She was identified as 30-year-old Lacey Ammons - also known as Lacey Kirkpatrick - according to Capt. John Summers of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

A man discovered the body when he went outside to mow the grass behind his house on Shawn Road, about a mile north of the intersection of CR 67 and SR 65. The body was obscured by tall weeds, fallen limbs and bushes just past the area where he was doing yard work. Summers indicated the body could have been there since Tuesday.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the discovery at 11:30 a.m.

“We’re still trying to find out how she got there,” Summers said. “We suspect she died elsewhere and her body was placed there.”

The case started out as a homicide but is now being called an unattended death, which Summers explained is the protocol “for an unexpected death when the deceased is not under a medical professional’s care.”

He said investigators have identified a person of interest in the case.

An autopsy performed Saturday showed no sign of trauma to the body,” according to Summers. “There was no gunshot wound,” he said, responding to rumors indicating otherwise. He also said rumors that she was pregnant were not true. Investigators have been told Ammons may have had a substance abuse problem.

She was separated from her husband, Steve Kirkpatrick.

The death is being investigated by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Summers said they were still trying to determine where Ammons lived and noted that she resided at several places, at times staying with relatives in Blountstown, her estranged husband in Telogia and other friends.

Investigators are continuing to conduct interviews and gathering information about the circumstances leading to her death, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

“Sheriff Eddie Joe White wants the public to know that this case is taking precedence and that the Liberty County Office of the Sheriff will not rest until the facts in this incident have been made clear,” according to Summers.  Anyone with information about this case should contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 643-2235, or Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 1-888-876-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bbcsi.org.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe page in her name to assist with funeral expenses. They ask that instead of flowers, donations be made to help lay her to rest.  On that website, she was remembered as, “A beautiful woman who sadly, passed away last week.  She was a wonderful person, she had a heart of gold and always had a smile on her face.”

A cookout to help with funeral expenses will be held Friday, Oct. 27 at the Hosford-Telogia Fire Department. Plates of chicken & rice with green beans, coleslaw, bread and dessert will be sold for $7 each beginning at 11 a.m.

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October 20th, 2017

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