Lauren Giddings' Sister Talks About Police Investigation

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  • Lauren Giddings' portrait was displayed near flowers at a memorial service for her earlier this month.
  • Lauren Giddings
  • Lauren Giddings' mother Karen, left, and father Bill, right, embrace family and friends during a memorial service in Macon for their daughter.
  • Investigators in June huddle at the scene where Lauren Giddings' body was found in Macon.
  • Police officer takes evidence from a Barristers Hall apartment.
  • A man places flowers along the fence outside Lauren Giddings' downtown Macon apartment.

Four weeks ago, Macon police found part of Lauren Giddings' dismembered body outside her Georgia Avenue apartment in downtown Macon.

Police have not named any suspects or made any arrests in Giddings' death.

Investigators say they are still waiting on FBI results on hundreds of pieces of evidence collected from Giddings' apartment complex, Barristers Hall.

13WMAZ's Lauren DiSpirito spoke with Giddings' sister, Kaitlyn Wheeler, by phone Thursday about the pace of the investigation.

"We are impatient, because we want all the answers we can find, but we are not in a rush," Wheeler said.

Wheeler said she and her family have confidence in the police, FBI and GBI investigators handling the case.

"We want them to do the best job they can, and if that takes time then that's what it takes," she said.

Wheeler says her sister, and the investigation into her death, are constantly on her mind. She says each day, the first thing she does is check the news.

"I want to know every detail," Wheeler said. "Obviously, they're not all good details but for me to have closure, I need to know everything that's going on."

Police have not shared with her family who they believe killed Giddings' or whether they are leaning toward Stephen McDaniel, who they named a person of interest, in the case.

Wheeler remembers this time last month first realizing her older sister was missing. Wheeler, who was recently married, says she had been on her honeymoon and Lauren was studying for the bar exam. On the evening of Wednesday, June 29, Wheeler says one of her sister's closest friends in Macon sent her a text message asking if she had talked with Lauren.

"Right then I knew there was something, something was up."


Later that night, when Wheeler logged in to her sister's Gmail and Facebook accounts, and found she had not written or read an email since Saturday night.

"That was actually my point of panic," Wheeler said.

She says at that point, police had already been called, and drove by Giddings' Georgia Avenue apartment, but saw no sign of foul play there. She then contacted her uncle, a Washington, D.C. police officer, who told her to call 911.

Wheeler says she's struggled knowing her sister would have taken the bar exam this week. Wheeler said she has been keeping in touch some of her sister's law school classmates and offering them encouragement as they wait for their scores to be returned.

She says many of them, and others in Giddings' circle in Macon, may travel to her hometown of Laurel, Maryland next week, for Lauren's funeral. It's planned for Saturday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. The family has planned a visitation for Friday, August 5 from 4-8 p.m.



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