Shooting victim was police informant, family says - FOX 13 News

Shooting victim was police informant, family says

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Days before Jamie Seeger was found shot to death in her car, her family says she was in fear for her life.

"In fact, the day of her murder, she told folks that her safety was in jeopardy," said family attorney Bill Grant.

Grant was hired by Seeger's family to look into her murder. Grant says he discovered through his investigation that Jaime was a paid drug informant for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, possibly for nine to 15 months.

"We have folks who have seen payments that have been made, two telephone conversations with detectives before she was going undercover," Grant said.

At 3 a.m. on July 25th, someone gunned down the mother of two as she sat in her car near West Cypress Street and North Reynolds Avenue in Crystal River.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Gail Tierney says they have no leads or suspects, and she refuses to say whether Jamie was working undercover for the sheriffs office.

"We would not be making comment whether we can confirm or deny what you may have heard from other parties," Tierney said.

If true, Jamie's tragic death could have eerie similarities to the murder of Rachel Hoffman of Tampa. The 23-year-old Florida State graduate was murdered in 2008 while working as an informant for the Tallahassee Police Department.

Legislators later passed "Rachel's Law," which says police can not offer an informant reduced jail time for undercover work, and will be allowed to contact a lawyers if they want one.

In Jamie's case, Grant is still waiting for the sheriff's office to release more information on the investigation, but believes the evidence will only confirm what Jamie's family already believes.

"The sheriff's office, it appears, put Jamie Seeger in harm's way, and if that's the facts, then the Seeger family will seek to address that for the two babies Jamie leaves behind," Grant said.

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