Family learns loved one died over a year ago

March 28, 2008 7:40:16 PM PDT
Authorities are investigating why it took Trenton police more than a year to tell the family of a missing woman she was dead. The Trenton Times reports police found the body of Amber Ramsey in an abandoned building in August 2006. The medical examiner's report listed the death as an apparent overdose and recorded finding a driver's license, Social Security card and college ID.

But it wasn't until March this year that her mother was told.

Linda Ramsey had reported her 21-year-old daughter missing in February 2006.

A police spokesman says a preliminary review indicates notification apparently should have been made much earlier.

Trenton police issued a statement on Friday night:

"An Internal Affairs investigation is underway and we are exploring whether the investigators and/or supervisors violated departmental policy and are subject to disciplinary action.

"The preliminary investigation reveals that all appropriate investigative techniques/steps were undertaken in the investigation of this suspicious death. There is nothing to indicate at this time that there was any negligence on the part of the investigators concerning the investigation. The investigators decision not to notify the parents of Amber Ramsey that her identification was found in the vicinity of the dead body was a judgment call made at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing."