Investigators await autopsy results in “suspicious’ death


Officers with the Gainesville Police Department investigate the suspicious death of Loretta Lynn Dyer, 32, at 1628 SW 42nd Street, in Gainesville on Sunday.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Su
Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:12 p.m.

An autopsy was being conducted late Monday on Loretta Lynn Dyer, whose body was found in her mobile home on Sunday.

Authorities have called the death “suspicious,” but have stopped short of declaring a suspicion of foul play. Dyer, 32, was found by neighbors at her home at 1628 SW 42nd St.

While no one has been arrested in connection with the death, authorities said Monday they do not believe there is a need for the public to be concerned.

“If GPD felt there was any concern for public safety, you would have heard something from us much earlier,” said Gainesville Police spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

“We have no evidence that would lead us to believe that the general public is in any type of danger related to this case,” he said.

The cause of death for Dyer will not necessarily be known once the autopsy is complete. If the manner of death is not readily apparent from the autopsy, authorities will have to wait on toxicology reports, which can take from six to eight weeks.

Shortly after her body was discovered Sunday, neighbors described Dyer as friendly, often making conversation with passersby. Neighbors also told police that Dyer lived alone with no electricity.

On Monday, Tobias said that Dyer lived what he described as “a risky lifestyle’’ and the home where she lived was a very transient residence.

“We’re trying to figure out who was with her and around her in the last few hours of her life,” Tobias said.

Dyer was reportedly in a relationship with 40-year-old Brian Noric Cummings. Cummings listed Dyer's address as his residence in February 2012 when he was arrested for stealing a 52-inch, flat-screen TV from a nearby home.

Cummings is now serving a sentence at the Santa Fe Work Release Center in Gainesville, where he is scheduled to be released in November.

Investigators have spoken to Cummings and do not suspect him of involvement in Dyer’s death, Tobias said.

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