Medical examiner rules Kitty Hawk mother's death undetermined, shows blunt force trauma to head

Posted at 10:44 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 21:52:07-04

KITTY HAWK, N.C.- The death of a Kitty Hawk woman continues to plague a small Outer Banks beach town.

"LeeAnn was charismatic, she liked to hunt she liked to fish, she baked cakes a she was great mom," said LeeAnn's cousin Trisha Cahoon.

LeeAnn Fletcher died two and half months ago on July 25, three day's shy of her 39th birthday.

"She said on Monday she was going to Buxton to the beach to fish, that was the last time anyone had contact with her," said Cahoon.

Three days after her fishing trip, LeeAnn was found unconscious inside her Kitty Hawk home.

A 9-1-1 call obtained from the Fletcher family reflects that LeeAnn's boyfriend Jay Tolson made a call to police on July 22.

"My friend is laying in the tub and she won't wake up I think she fell last night," said Jay.

"EMT's went inside the home and found LeeAnn unconscious." said Cahoon, "but police never entered the home due to the nature of the call signifying it was a fall."

Fletcher was rushed to the trauma center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where she later died.

"Things just weren't adding up, and the trauma surgeon told us there was holes in the story, that the injuries didn't come from a fall," said Cahoon. "So we hired a private investigator to collect evidence because we felt the Kitty Hawk Police Department were not doing their job."

A private investigator entered LeeAnn's home with family days after her death, capturing compelling video (Warning: the video linked contains graphic footage) that they believe is damning evidence.

"When you go in the bedroom it was like a massacre," Cahoon said. "Blood on walls, on doors on the floor, on the bed, on the curtains, a shirt was saturated and shoved under the bed."

Fletcher's family is growing increasingly frustrated, they don’t know where Jay Tolson is and believe he has fled. Police and the District Attorney won’t comment on his whereabouts.

"There is just no excuse for any of this," said Cahoon.

News 3 obtained a copy of the autopsy report for Fletcher this week. Her death is ruled undetermined, and the report shows blunt force trauma to the head, and hepatic liver failure contributing.

"This shows foul play and she did not die from natural causes or a fall," said Cahoon. "She is a good individual that had a heart of gold, that was brutally murdered for no reason, and she will never rest until there is justice."

News 3 spoke to District Attorney Andrew Womble Thursday who said:

"Ican confirm that the District Attorney’s office is in possession of the autopsy report from the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office regarding the death of LeeAnn Fletcher. We are in the process of reviewing the autopsy with the other evidence collected and the reports from law enforcement to determine whether or not to seek criminal charges.”