Crime

June 2, 2014

Former Excelsior Springs man charged in ex-wife’s death after body found in Clay County gully

Authorities in Florida have identified a 48-year-old woman whose body was found Monday buried in rural Clay County as Kimberly Dawn Mackey and have charged her ex-husband in connection to her slaying.

Authorities in Florida have identified a 48-year-old woman whose body was found Monday buried in rural Clay County as Kimberly Dawn Mackey and have charged her ex-husband in connection to her slaying.

Former Excelsior Springs resident Jeffrey Alan Mackey, 58, faces a murder charge after being arrested Monday at a Florida motel.

Kimberly Mackey’s body was found covered with rocks in a gully south of Excelsior Springs, officials said.

Investigators believe that she was shot in late May inside a Jacksonville Beach, Fla., residence, her body was loaded into an SUV and she was driven to Clay County, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Kimberly Mackey had lived in Michigan before relocating to Florida. The couple recently had resumed living together in a trailer park where the killing allegedly happened. An argument about their relationship may have led to the shooting, Jacksonville authorities said in a press conference where they announced the criminal charges on Monday.

Mackey last was seen May 26. That week, a neighbor reported seeing Jeffrey Mackey load a large object wrapped in blanket into his vehicle and drive away, authorities said.

On Monday, Kansas City crime scene investigators were summoned to the rural gully to gather evidence where the body was discovered. Authorities did not release who discovered the body or how long it had been on the property.

Jacksonville authorities have arrived in Clay County to investigate, said Lt. Will Akin, spokesman for the Clay County Sheriff’s office.

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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