BOKEELIA, Fla. (WINK) – Homicide detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office have been granted a warrant for the arrest of Daniel Proctor on charges of 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the death of Bokeelia resident Amy Patterson. The extradition process will begin as soon as possible.
Proctor is currently serving a life sentence in Alabama for grand theft.
Amy Patterson’s body was identified through dental records in August of 2012. Her remains were found a densely wooded area near Howard Road and Bahama Way.
On September 5, 2011, Proctor was located in Okeechobee, sleeping in a stolen vehicle. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported back to Lee County where he remained until extradited to Alabama on a warrant for grand theft auto and theft of a firearm.
Earlier that month, investigators identified Proctor as a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Patterson, a middle school teacher with the Lee County School District. She was reported missing in July, 2011 when she did not show up for the start of the school year, July 25th. Detectives feared she was the victim of a domestic homicide. Proctor had fled in her vehicle, which was recovered in Alabama. He stole another vehicle, a 1997 Ford Explorer, and a .380 handgun before leaving a note indicating he may be en route back to Florida. Daniel Proctor has now been convicted on the charges in Alabama.
Proctor is currently being held in Limestone Correctional Center.