DA still awaiting LeeAnn Fletcher autopsy report

By on September 8, 2020

District Attorney for the First Judicial District Andrew Womble released a statement on Sept. 8 saying his office is still awaiting an official autopsy report stemming from the July 25 death of Kitty Hawk resident LeeAnn Fletcher before making a decision about criminal charges in the case. The timetable given for receipt of the autopsy report is that it is expected within a month.

In the wake of her death, Fletcher’s family and friends are conducting an aggressive campaign to keep the case on the front burner, amass evidence and to convince law enforcement authorities to bring charges against the individual they believe is responsible for beating her to death. (see “In LeeAnn Fletcher’s wake, a determined campaign to keep the focus on her case)

Here is the Sept. 8 statement from Womble.

“Last week, the District Attorney’s Office participated in a conference call with the Commonwealth of Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office regarding the death of Amanda LeeAnn Fletcher. During the call, our office was informed that the Medical Examiner’s Office has requested and is awaiting results of further tests from the Pathology Department at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, we anticipate receiving the official autopsy report within 30 days.  Upon receiving the official autopsy report and concluding the investigation, the District Attorney’s Office will make a decision regarding possible criminal charges, if any, related to the death of Ms. Fletcher. The District Attorney’s Office’s invitation to meet with members of Ms. Fletcher’s immediate family and to answer any questions they might have, remains open.”


  • Mark A Williamson

    For crying out loud, talk about slowwwwwww

    Tuesday, Sep 8 @ 12:04 pm
  • Manteoer

    Better slow and done correctly rather than fast and mistakes made.

    I do not begin to imagine what the family is going through, but it would only be worse if justice is hindered due to a hastily investigation.

    Only one bite at the apple.

    Tuesday, Sep 8 @ 3:53 pm
  • Steven H Roth

    I know I’ve only been here a year but………..is the ME’s Office on “beach time” too? This seems to be taking an inexcusable amount of time.

    Tuesday, Sep 8 @ 4:29 pm
  • hightider

    Dare and Currituck both have ineffective law enforcement agencies that do little other than issue traffic tickets and make drug arrests. There is a resident of Dare (formerly of Currituck) who has been gaming the system for the last 25 years with over 60 arrests/convictions and less than a week in jail all told. He was blackmailing cops in Currituck, so maybe he has the same scam here too. But for a possible murder investigation to drag on so long without a cause of death shows the inadequacies of the local legal system. I am glad the victim’s friends and family are keeping the pressure on since LE is not.

    Tuesday, Sep 8 @ 7:49 pm
  • themoreyouknow

    The amount of decedents who have an autopsy is a lot more than you might think. So as for the pathology and toxicology work, it could take up to 6 months to get that information back. It’s not like the lab has any idea of the situation surrounding her death. The tissue samples and body fluids, are just another day at the job of many other samples they have to process.

    Wednesday, Sep 9 @ 9:17 am
  • Steve

    A confession, evidence, and a killing is still not enough to arrest Tolson?

    Thursday, Sep 10 @ 7:21 am
  • ww

    My wife was a forensic expert for 28 years and handled 140 plus homicides. After viewing the film she was utterly astonished that an arrest had not been made on the scene. The fact that the amount of blood on the bed was covered up by the remaking of the bed is the slam dunk. No one losing that amount of blood does chores like making a bloody bed. I was a Police Lt in a large department that handled many homicides and this certainly would not be the way we would handle this.

    Thursday, Sep 10 @ 2:49 pm
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