Police are investigating the “suspicious” death of a Florida woman whose daughter received a letter stating her mother was dead.
Millisi Wells sent police to check on her 62-year-old mother, Debra Jean Place, after she got a letter from her mother’s partner saying Place was dead and he would be soon, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
Cops found a door to the mobile home partially opened and Place’s decomposed body on the trailer’s living room floor, the report said.
“Officers and Detectives from the Ormond Beach Police Department are investigating a suspicious death at the Ridgecrest Mobile Home Park. Officers responded to the mobile home and found a door partially opened.
Officers entered the residence and discovered a deceased person. The deceased has been positively identified as Debra Jean Place, W/F, DOB: 04/27/1955.
A person of interest in this case has been located and interviewed. The Ormond Beach Police believe this is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public. The investigation is on-going and more information will be released as it is discovered.
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Her daughter told police she tried to get in touch with Place’s partner but was unable to reach him. The couple’s car, a Mercury station wagon, was missing from the mobile home park, too. A neighbor told investigators he had seen the Mercury being driven Saturday but didn’t see the driver.
Police were able to track Place’s partner’s phone, locating him in Ulster County and taking him into custody for a mental evaluation. Authorities continue to investigate Place’s death, which they consider “suspicious.”
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Ormond Beach Police Department at 386-677-0731. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers @ 277-TIPS or toll-free @ 1-888-277-TIPS. Those who provide information to Crimestoppers can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Rest in peace.