Meridian Star

April 6, 2013

MPD releases update on discovery of body

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Officials with the Meridian Police Department said Friday afternoon they had updated information pertaining to the discovery late last month of a woman's body in a drained pond.     

    MPD Capt. Dean Harper said detectives are now sure that the cause of death to Jamie Wilkes, 34, was not a result of her being shot, stabbed or bludgeoned.

    "We are still awaiting further test results and toxicology reports from the state medical examiner's office," said Harper. "We still don't know the exact cause of death but we are much more clear on what is not the cause of her death."

    Harper said because these three types of deaths have been ruled out, detectives have eased off on categorizing this case as a homicide.    

    On March 27, MPD officers were called to a pond located on Watters Road off Waterview Drive in Meridian to a report of a body being found. Harper said the owner of the pond has been draining the water out of the pond since September of last year. Harper said a passerby saw something suspicious in the pond and then notified authorities. Harper said the area where the body was found was not under water.

    Harper said the body was identified by a family member as that of Wilkes.

    Harper said Wilkes was last seen sometime March 2 in the 900 block of 64th Avenue in Meridian.