UPDATE: Amy Patterson's Parents Talk
LEE COUNTY, Fla. (WHNT) - The body found Wednesday morning in a wooded area in Bokeelia, Florida has been positively identified as Amy Patterson.
Authorities have yet to release an official cause of death pending further testing, but Patterson's parents told WHNT News 19 that detectives have informed them on how they believe the 41 year-old Huntsville native was killed. Family members said official confirmation of Patterson's identification was made late Wednesday night.
"There will only be nightmares, knowing what she went through before she died," said Patterson's mother LaDonna Salehi. "They've told me the whole story, but I can't discuss it... All you can think of is the suffering she went through, that's the hard part."
Patterson's ex-husband, Daniel Proctor, pointed investigators to the spot where her body was found on Wednesday. Detectives said dental records confirmed their worst fears less than two days after Proctor's reported confession.
Lee County, Florida Sheriff Mike Lee said Patterson's remains were found on an island full of palm trees, and were significantly decomposed. Mrs. Salehi said that only made the loss more difficult.
"The first thing you do when your baby is born is kiss it," said Salehi. "Well, he's denied me being able to kiss my daughter goodbye. When you lose a child, the first thing you want to do is open the casket, reach down and kiss their cheek. Well, I don't have anything to kiss."
Formal murder charges have not yet been filed, but Sheriff Lee told the WHNT News 19 that it will likely be just a matter of days before the next step in the legal process occurs. Lee also said there is no timeline for when Daniel Proctor may be extradited back to Florida.