Digging equipment spotted at site of Clay County couple’s hostage ordeal – What We Know!

Digging equipment spotted at site of Clay County couple’s hostage ordeal

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Days after a Clay County couple have been rescued after a two-day hostage nightmare inside their Inexperienced Cove Springs house, authorities have been nonetheless out on the property Friday morning — with digging tools.

A search continued within the woods across the house, and heavy digging tools and forensic K9 groups have been noticed working within the space. No less than two K9 groups from Pasco County joined the search Friday, together with native investigators and the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement.

Aubrey Lumpkin, 46, is charged with house invasion theft, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon within the case.

In line with deputies, when he was interviewed by investigators, Lumpkin stated “he had murdered somebody.” It’s unclear who he was speaking about as each victims within the kidnapping survived the encounter.

The Sheriff’s Workplace isn’t positive what to imagine of the statements Lumpkin has made, however they’re doing due diligence on his declare.


Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook dinner even took half within the search Thursday on the house.

A information convention was set for 1 p.m. Friday and will likely be streamed on News4JAX.com.

The Sky 4 helicopter flew over the house once more on Friday and noticed an excavator digging close to a pond within the woods behind the home. Investigators is also seen digging with shovels and carrying giant white buckets. A blue tent, a black tarp and what seemed to be a sifter additionally appeared on the bottom.

On Thursday, the FDLE had against the law scene van arrange, and dozens of investigators from numerous businesses may very well be seen within the woods behind the home with machetes and prodding poles and rakes. There was additionally somebody on a kayak on a pond. As well as, the Clay County Sheriff’s Workplace has forensic anthropology college students from the College of Florida serving to.

Surviving hostage ordeal

In line with Lumpkin’s arrest report, he referred to as 911 simply after 11:30 p.m. Monday and instructed the dispatcher he “was a chunk of s***” and had carried out “horrible issues” and wished to show himself in. He instructed the dispatcher the place he was and that there have been two aged individuals with him in want of medical consideration.


Court docket and property information listing a pair of their 70s because the house owners of the house off County Highway 315 the place Lumpkin was taken into custody. News4JAX shouldn’t be naming the couple to guard their privateness.

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When deputies arrived, they discovered the couple sure with duct tape on their arms, legs and faces. They have been extraordinarily dehydrated, lined in feces, malnourished and affected by infections and lesions from being sure for greater than 48 hours, the report stated.

They have been taken to a hospital the place they have been admitted for therapy.

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