POLICE BRIEFS; Body ID'd; Cause of Death Elusive

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

Clay County authorities now know the identity of a woman's body that was found in a retention pond near Orange Park on Jan. 31, but they're still at a loss to explain how she died.

The Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office used dental records to identify the victim Wednesday as 47-year-old Vickie Layton-Rhodes, as police had suspected. The woman was reported missing Dec. 20 and her car was found the next day parked near the retention pond where the body was discovered, off East Industrial Loop near Loring Avenue.

Homicide investigators with the Clay County Sheriff's Office are trying to determine exactly what led to the woman's death. Her purse, containing identification and other items, also was found near the body and there were no visible signs of trauma, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mary Justino.

Layton-Rhodes had been sharing an apartment with a man in Jacksonville for the past several months but formerly resided in the Orange Park area. She was estranged from her husband and a teenage son.

Other incidents reported by law enforcement agencies in Clay County recently include:

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