LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Investigators in Lee County, Florida found a body Wednesday morning in the exact spot where Daniel Proctor said his ex-wife, Amy Patterson, was buried.
Sources familiar with the case confirmed this specific connection to WHNT News 19 late Wednesday.
The body found in Bokeelia, Florida has not been identified, nor its gender.
Bokeelia is west of Fort Myers. The body was found in a palm tree farm about a mile from Amy Patterson’s home.
Investigators searched this area after Daniel Proctor pointed them to the area late Tuesday. Patterson has been missing since 2011.
Proctor reportedly confessed Tuesday to murdering Patterson, as he spoke with investigators in Madison County.
After the discovery of the body, forensic investigators continued to excavate the area for several hours to try to uncover other evidence.
Patterson divorced Proctor in 1994, shortly after he was convicted of assault against her. Patterson graduated from Grissom High School in 1988, when she was then known as Amy Guenther. Her family still lives in Huntsville.
The 41-year-old middle school teacher reconciled with Proctor in 2011 and was planning for the first day of class when she seemingly vanished into thin air. A month later, Proctor showed up in Huntsville in Amy’s car, but his ex-wife was nowhere to be found. Police said Proctor then ditched the vehicle in Alabama, stole another car, and drove back to Florida where he was arrested for car theft. At that time, investigators brought him back to Madison County to face theft charges.
He was found guilty this week in a short trial where he acted as his own attorney, and sentenced to two terms of life in prison due to prior convictions on his record.