Huntsville FBI employee found dead in North Carolina creek; local FBI reacts to her death

Huntsville FBI employee found dead in North Carolina creek; local FBI reacts to her death
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GRAHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WAFF) - A North Alabama woman was found dead in a North Carolina forest Monday. The Graham County Sheriff’s Office confirms Kathleen Polce Miller’s body was discovered in the Big Santeetlah area of the County.

In news release, Saturday, the local sheriff’s office says Miller was employed by the FBI as a forensic photographer in Huntsville.

The incident is being looked into from a “criminal standpoint,” according to investigators. However, there is no immediate danger to the public.

WAFF 48 News spoke over the phone with Chief Deputy Chuck Stewart. He says Miller’s husband called 911 after he found her unresponsive in a creek. The pair pulled over at the creek on their way to a campsite in the Nantahala National Forest.

Stewart says Miller likely drowned. However, the exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

The Graham County Sheriff’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation, United States Forest Service and the District Attorney’s Office are involved in the investigation.

Paul Daymond, Public Affairs Specialist sent WAFF-48 this statement:

“The FBI grieves the loss of our colleague Kathleen Polce Miller and extends condolences to her family and friends. Ms. Miller was not on duty at the time of her death. We refer to any questions regarding the investigation to the Graham County, NC, Sheriff’s Office,” said Daymond.

More information will be released pursuant to the investigation process.

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