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A Florida mother was found buried in the backyard of her Jacksonville rental home, years after she had survived a domestic stabbing.
Family members have identified the victim as LaDonna Williams, a devoted mother and grandmother, who hadn’t been seen by her family since February, WJAX-TV reports.
“When I found out it was my mom, I instantly, I just, I was shocked,” her daughter Tammy Williams said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office did not identify the victim by name, but confirmed to Oxygen.com that authorities were called to 2923 W. 9th Street on April 20 after a property owner had called about finding a possible dead body buried in the backyard of his rental unit.
The man told deputies that he had been cleaning up old bushes and leaves when he discovered what appeared to be human remains, which had been “partially buried.”
“This continues to be an active, ongoing investigation,” Police Officer T.N. Rush, with the department’s public information office, told Oxygen.com. “At this time, no arrests have been made.”
Her death has been listed as a homicide, although no cause of death has been released, WTLV-WJXX reports.
LaDonna’s daughter, LaDaisha Williams, told the news outlet that the family had last seen LaDonna in February and became concerned when she didn’t contact them on her birthday.
“We reached out for her birthday and when we got no reply, and she wasn’t calling us like she usually do, we started to worry,” she said. “We made what we thought was a missing person’s report, but the police officer wrote it up as an ‘information report,’” she said.
She described her mother as someone who was “motivated” and a “hard worker” and said she loved the beach, writing and painting.
“She was an artist,” she said.
LaDonna was a devoted mother to three children, three grandchildren and had two more grandchildren on the way.
“She loved her grandkids more than anything,” LaDaisha said. “I’m sad I’ll have to bring two more into this world without her.”
In a tragic twist, LaDonna had survived a domestic stabbing innocent in 2015 and spoke with WJXT at the time about how her son had saved her life.
“I feel like my son put his life on the line for me and he very well could have lost his life,” she said, adding that she “wasn’t sure who was going to live and who wasn’t.”
Her family is now asking that anyone who may have seen LaDonna between February and April or has information about the crime, to contact the sheriff’s office.
“She did not deserve to die like that,” Tammy Williams said.
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