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Somer Thompson Autopsy, Other Evidence Released

4:07 PM, Mar 1, 2012   |    comments
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KINGSLAND, Ga. -- First Coast News has obtained the autopsy reports, toxicology tests, crime scene photos and other documents surrounding the discovery of Somer Thompson's body at a Georgia landfill.

First Coast News made a public records request on Friday and got the evidence Monday.

SLIDESHOW: Somer Thompson Crime Scene photos

The images show the spot where Somer's journey came to an end at Chesser Island Road Landfill after Jarred Harrell admitted to throwing her body out with trash.

One picture shows the crime scene tape put up around the body. Images from the air show the massive amount of trash investigators had to process to gather evidence. They even vacuumed up debris around Somer's body for more clues.

Diena Thompson commented Friday on the release of new details now that the case is over.

"I don't have any other choice. It's stand up and fight or lay down and die. This is what I've got to live with," Thompson said.

According to an investigator's report, Clay County Detective Joe Bucci was first able to identify Somer's body, due to a birth mark below her left knee. He grabbed out his cell phone and showed others a picture of the birthmark.

Meanwhile, the 13-page autopsy graphically details how dismembered Somer's body was when Detective Gary Winterstein first spotted brown hair and legs at the landfill.

It lists the cause of death as "asphyxiation and multiple blunt force injury." But the autopsy also reports "the degree of decomposition hinders the detailed examination, ... possibly obscuring some more subtle injuries."

The toxicology test showed Somer had no drugs in her system.

These reports from GBI are just a fraction of the records compiled in Somer Thompson's murder case. The Clay County Sheriff's Office and State Attorney's Office is working to release more than 10,000 tip reports, recorded interviews with Jarred Harrell and 32 discs of data.

"I would hope that in his taped confession he gives his version of the truth and maybe the answers will be deciphered through that," Thompson said.

First Coast News

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