Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones recounts Lauren Giddings' murder case

"The first thing I saw was a headless body wrapped up in plastic," said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says he will never forget the gruesome discovery of Lauren Giddings' torso inside a trash can on June 30, 2011.

"The first thing I saw was a headless body wrapped up in plastic and I'm like I've never seen anything like this in my career," said Jones.

Jones recalled, eight hours later, while driving past her Georgia Avenue apartment, he had to pull off the road.

"It hit me and it he me hard, and the first thing that I said to myself is how could someone do someone like that and it hit me and I just lost it," added Jones.

Jones said he cried uncontrollably until he was able to pull himself together. The coroner said it appeared to him that Gidding's body parts were severed off with a very sharp object like a saw, according to Jones.
He said the official cause of death, was "missing head and limbs."  Jones says the horrific discovery reminded him of a domestic violence victim.

"I just feel like in my own opinion it was a domestic abuse issue," continued Jones. "I felt like that somebody might have been shunned or somebody might have had an infatuation, that got out of hand."

Because, Giddings' torso was decomposed medical examiners could not determine if she was alive when Stephen McDaniel cut off her limbs.

Even though they are still missing, Jones hopes Monday's confession and plea will bring some sort of closure to the Giddings family.
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