JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The search for a missing woman evolved into an effort to recover her body.
Kimberly Dawn Mackey, 48, was last seen on May 26 in the 2700 block of Suni Pines Boulevard, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Foul play was suspected in her disappearance and Friday, Mackey's family said they were told she had been killed.
Mackey's brother in Michigan, Jesse Rodriguez, confirmed to First Coast News that the Mackey family received a phone call from Detective Dennis Sullivan with JSO Friday notifying the family that Mackey's ex-husband, Jeff Mackey 58, allegedly admitted to her death. Police told the family that Jeff would be taking investigators to Kimberly's body. Kimberly's body was found in in a gully, covered in rocks and wrapped in a sleeping bag in Excelsior, Missouri, according to a JSO police report.
In a 4p.m. news conference Monday, JSO Assistant Chief of Investigations Chris Butler confirmed that Jeff has been charged with the murder of Kimberly. Butler said a neighbor reported seeing Jeff on May 28 loading what appeared to be a blanket, possibly concealing body into his car. Kimberly's employer reported her missing around the same time. Police made contact with Jeff, who was in Missouri and claimed he left Jacksonville after seeing Kimberly leave her mobile home on a motorcycle with another man. Investigators with JSO returned to Jacksonville Friday and learned Jeff returned to the area the same day.
Jeff was located at a hotel in St. Augustine early Monday morning. The St. Augustine Police Department said they assisted JSO in making the arrest. Police pinpointed room 217 at the Best Western Inn on Avenid Menendez and Jeff to Jacksonville for questioning where he allegedly confessed to killing Kimberly.
Kimberly Mackey, originally from Michigan, moved to Jacksonville between six months to a year ago, according Rodriguez. Kimberly was a nurse and was in school, Rodriguez detailed.
Kimberly and Jeff have two teenaged sons, but it is unknown which parent they were living with when Kimberly went missing.