By Outer Banks Voice on August 10, 2020
The office of Andrew Womble, District Attorney in the 1st Judicial District, released an Aug. 10 statement on the continuing probe into the death late last month of LeeAnn Fletcher, which has spawned a criminal investigation and considerable public speculation. The release appears to have been issued in response to that speculation.
Here is the statement from Womble.
“In light of the recent public scrutiny surrounding the death of Amanda LeeAnn Fletcher in Dare County on July 25, 2020, I have decided to release a statement regarding the continued investigation of this matter. At this time, our office is awaiting the official autopsy report from the medical examiner’s office in Virginia. No decisions regarding potential criminal charges will be made by the District Attorney’s Office until we receive this report.
As such, the only appropriate statement is that the investigation is still ongoing. Releasing statements regarding ongoing criminal investigations is not in the ordinary course of business by this District Attorney’s Office. However, in situations where the integrity of law enforcement is called into question, I feel I have no other recourse. As District Attorney, I took an oath to do justice and to relentlessly pursue the truth wherever it may lead, and I will continue to do so in this case and in all future cases.”
This follows a July 27 statement from the Kitty Hawk Police noting that they “are aware through social media posts that there are many in the community that are very interested in the investigation into Leeann Fletcher Hartleben’s death…At this time, we would respectfully ask that all who are concerned please be patient and allow us to conduct this investigation in an objective and thorough manner.”
A GoFundMe campaign called #justiceforleeann” to help raise money for her family has to date brought in close to $7,000.